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Humvees can be depicted in Call of Duty, AM General has lost the case

Three years ago, American military company AM General sued Activision for depicting Humvee(military vehicle produced by AM General) in Call of Duty games.

If you are playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered campaign, you've probably noticed Humvees here and there. This well-known military vehicle, officially called High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV; colloquial: Humvee), has been a part of many Call of Duty games, and especially the ones from the Modern Warfare series, since they depict contemporary battles and warfare. 

And although depicting real-life products for the purpose of art (which games surely are) is something that is legal and protected by law, lawers at the AM General didn't think so, and so the company sued Activision back in 2017 over Humvees in Call of Duty games.

And now, two and a half years later, Activision won and defended their right to use Humvees in their games.

"If realism is an artistic goal, then the presence in modern warfare games of vehicles employed by actual militaries undoubtedly furthers that goal," writes judge George Daniels in granting summary judgment in favour of Activision (via Hollywood Reporter).

AM General insisted that the presence of Humvees in Call of Duty is confusing people, and even claimed that some thought Humvees are intellectual propriety of Activision. They also pointed out that Activision used Humvees decorated with Call of Duty logos at promotional events.

But end the end, this wasn't enough to convince the court, and now not just Activision, but everyone has a legal background to use Humvees freely in their video games.

 

 

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