A lawsuit against Activision Blizzard was dismissed last month because, according to the judge in the Southern California District Court where the complaint was filed, the plaintiffs did not play enough. Call of Duty: Infinity War To file an informed case against the offending publisher. for once in Activision Blizzard’s Many Controversial Legal BattlesThings ended smoothly.
according to a report By a litigation assistant at the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (who tip my box turning off), Activision Blizzard was sued in November 2021 by Brooks Entertainment, Inc. , a California-based company specializing in the production of film, television, and other forms of entertainment. but, my box The company’s official website could not be found. Brooks Entertainment and its CEO, Sean Brookswho describes himself as an inventor, claims to own the financial mobile game brands Save one bank And the Stock picker. It should be noted that my box It was also not possible to check for these games. despiteaThree of these entities, along with Activision Blizzard and 2016 infinite warThey were at the center of the case.
In November 2021, Brooks Entertainment alleged Activision grabbed the intellectual property from both Save one bank And the stock pickeras well as the identity of its owner, in infinite war. To be more specific, the complaint asserted that the 2016 first-person shooter game’s “main character,” Sean Brooks, was based on the company’s CEO and that all three games contain “scripted battle scenes that take place in a high-fashion shopping mall.” ” There were other similarities, too, but these claims were the crux of the complaint.
But if you play for an hour or so infinite warYou will know that this is all wrong. For example, the main character is not Corporal Sean Brooks Not at all but a teammate Captain Nick Reyes, a space marine who becomes the leader of the base game’s militia. Moreover, while there Written battle scene in a shopping mallSet in Geneva in the distant future, it is one of the many in-game locations that Sean Brooks has never been to. You play as Reyes all the time.
In January 2022, an Activision attorney wrote to a Brooks Entertainment attorney that the complaint “contains[ed] serious factual misrepresentations and errors, and that the allegations set forth therein are both factually and legally frivolous.” If the company does not withdraw the lawsuit, Activision will file Article 11 Penalties, and penalties that require a plaintiff to pay a fine for presenting questionable or improper arguments without the backing of substantive—or, for that matter, subtle—proof. And that’s exactly what happened in March 2022, when Activision filed for sanctions against Brooks Entertainment, saying the plaintiffs failed to play. infinite war Inaccurate deposits were made.
Southern California District Court Activision’s suggestions accepted On July 12, it dismissed Brook Entertainment’s lawsuit with bias (meaning the claim could not be reinstated in that court), and ordered the plaintiff’s attorney to compensate the troubled publisher for money and time wasted. In its conclusion, the court said that the plaintiff failed to conduct a thorough and reasonable investigation of the facts relevant to the game prior to filing the lawsuit.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a first-person shooter, not a first-person and third-person shooter as allegedly, and Shawn Brooks is not running a scripted battle scene in a high-fashion mall,” the court said in its ruling in favor of Activision. “The plaintiff’s attorney could have easily verified these facts before Submitting the unfounded complaint, just as the court easily verified it within the first hour and a half of playing the game.”
my box I’ve reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment.
Richard Hogg, an attorney who specializes in digital and video game law my box Unprotectable concepts such as names of people used in fictional entertainment are difficult to copyright and infringement claims.
“It’s hard to say why the lawsuit was filed,” Hoegh said. “Certainly if the lawsuit was thrown out with penalties that weren’t very good in the first place. It might just be arrogance or perhaps the attorney was encouraging a lawsuit against a well-resourced party. The lawsuit itself says [Brooks Entertainment] The game was shown on Activision between 2010 [and] 2015. All said, the infringement lawsuit is egregious, alleging a violation of unprotectable concepts such as: “Shaun Brooks navigates through strange, action-packed locations and Sean Brooks navigates through strange, action-packed locations.”
Hoegh went on to say that it would be difficult to impose “actual penalties on you” because that would be a much higher level of filing a bad lawsuit than a simple dismissal.
“Essentially, the court finds that the whole argument is insane,” Hoegh concluded. Brooks Entertainment even included Rockstar games for no reason (which didn’t help their case with the judge). So, the penalties here are Brooks Entertainment. [has] to pay Activision fees and legal costs.”
Although things have turned out well for Activision this time around, the underrated publisher is still causing legal issues. The company was just swiped before Diablo devs to breach the union. second. Ugh.