In 2019, Call of Duty Modern Warfare publisher Activision Blizzard introduced a new character in its game: an operator named Mara. A claim and photographer now claims that the company deliberately modeled Mara after her own character, Cade Janus, from a short story called November renaissance.
Prosecutor Clayton Haugen filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a Texas court on Tuesday, according to court documents first published by Torrent Freak. He claimed that Activision Blizzard and developer Infinity Ward deliberately intended to model Mara after Cade Janus – including hiring the same model, Alex Zedra, to reproduce the photography and scan her resemblance for use in the game. Haugen said the developer posted his Cade Janus photos on the photo studio wall during Call of Duty Modern Warfare shoot.
Haugen said he originally hired Zedra in 201
“In addition to hiring the same talent, they also hired the same makeup professional who had prepared the talent for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs,” lawyers wrote in the complaint. “They instructed the makeup specialist to prepare the talent exactly as she had done for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs. They asked her to style the talent’s hair exactly as she had done for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs, even using the same hair extension. ”
Haugen claims that Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward demanded that the model and makeup artist sign confidentiality agreements to “hide their planned violation.”
The character Mara, along with another character named Nikto, was added Duty calls: Modern warfare in 2019. The grade was available as part of Call of Duty Modern Warfare season one kampppas, which was originally available for 1000 COD points, or around $ 10. A number of skins are available for the character for more COD points. One, the Kawaii Cat skin, puts Mara in a cat-dried military helmet and unlocks a kitten charm, called “Nyan Nyan”, that dangles from her weapon. The package costs 2400 COD points.
Neither Haugen nor Activision Blizzard has responded to Polygon’s request for comment.
You can read a full copy of the complaint below.