Developers also argued that featuring the military vehicles in its game also had artistic value. “Any reasonable juror would conclude that the presence of Humvees in Call of Duty games possesses an artistic value that is at least ‘above zero,'” cites the official court documents.
In the end, the judge ruled that Activision had a legal right to use Humvees in its games, and could continue to do so. If you’d like to know more, you can read the full 29-page ruling online.
The gaming industry is no stranger to lawsuits, as there have been a handful of companies brought to court over the past few years over claims of trademark and copyright infringement. Most notably, Fortnite creator Epic Games was sued by Alfonso Ribeiro for its emote depicting the famous “Carlton” dance. However, the courts ruled in favor of Epic, stating the dance could not be copyrighted.In 2018, the creators of PUBG attempted to sue Epic over similarities between the two games but then ended up dropping its suit. For more, be sure to check out a brief history of the dumbest gaming lawsuits.
Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith.