WWE Hall of Famer Booker Ts’ civil lawsuit against video game producer Activision Publishing, Inc., Activision Blizzard, Inc. and Major League Gaming Corp. will begin on April 19 with the election of a jury for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Texas Judge. Robert W. Schroeder III, according to PWInsider.
Booker T filed the lawsuit in February 2019 and claimed the appearance of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018) game character David “Prophet” Williams is based on the cartoon version of Booker’s GI Bro character, which he used in the early 1990s and again in the late 90’s for WCW.
Booker says he owns the copyright to the character and claims copyright infringement, as he was never contacted about the use of his character. You can see a picture of the two below.
The lawsuit claims Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has generated over $ 1
In other legal news, a new court date has been awarded to tattoo artist Catherine Alexander against World Wrestling Entertainment, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K Games, Inc., 2K Sports, Inc., Visual Concepts Entertainment, Yuke’s Co. , Ltd. and Yukes LA Inc. The trial is set to begin Sept. 20 in U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis).
Alexander created Orton’s inks between 2003 and 2008, claiming that she owns the copyright to the original designs she made at WWE Superstar. She accused WWE and 2K of copyright infringement, and rejected WWE’s $ 450 offer for the rights to the designs back in 2009.
The tattoos include tribal art on Orton’s forearm, a Bible verse on the arm, a dove, a skull and a rose. Alexander’s original suit claimed that all her tattoos on Orton were her original designs, and that she never gave the defendants permission to recreate them in WWE video games. She also stated that the designs, made between 2003 and 2008, are “easily recognized by his fans and members of the public.”
The case was originally filed in 2018 and has been pushed back several times. You can read more about the lawsuit and see court documents by clicking here.