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Judge throws out "factually baseless" Call of Duty lawsuit

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A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Activision Blizzard copied games firm Brooks Entertainment. The verdict was publicised by Wilson Sonsini's Brian J Levy – as reported by Kotaku – which lays out the case, which was filed back in November 2021.

The lawsuit, from Brooks Entertainment, alleged that when Activision featured Sean Brooks as the "main character" of 2016's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it was copying 'Shon Brooks', a trademark of Brooks Entertainment and the main character of its games Stock Picker and Save One Bank.

As justification of this, Brooks Entertainment details some "similarities" between Shon Banks and Sean Banks, including the fact they both bring thieves to justice and have unlimited resources.

There's also a bizarre segment where Brooks seems to claim that Call of Duty copied the first-person perspective from Save Bank One.

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