Lawsuit filed against Activision Publishing, creators of Call of Duty.

Photographer and writer, Clayton Haugen, has recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Activision, over the creation of their Call of Duty operator, ‘Mara’. The plaintiff has alleged that Activision’s Mara has infringed on his own character ‘Cade Janus’. The latter was incorporated into Haugen’s storyline of November Renaissance. Back in 2017, the writer hired actress Alex Zedra to aid him in pitching his story to movie studios.

The defendants also hired the same actress, Zedra, who modelled the iconic Warzone operator. In his claim, Clayton alleged that the Activision creators discovered his photos and aimed to replicate the same design for their Call of Duty franchise. Further, the suit insists that the company hired the same makeup and hair team, in order to obtain a similar look to that of Haugen’s character, Janus. 

Mara is one of the most prominently used characters in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game. The face behind the character, Zedra,  also holds a very active social media presence, with aims of keeping the Mara character relevant.  Haugen is now seeking “all monetary remedies from Defendants’ infringement, including all of their profits attributable to their infringements”. Be sure to look out for further updates regarding this matter on our reading room.

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