Activision Lawsuit for Call of Duty Leak Filed Against Reddit

By | 23/02/2020

 

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Reports have been confirmed that an Activision Lawsuit for Call of Duty: Warzone leak has been filed against popular online discussion platform Reddit.


The lawsuit apparently comes because a Reddit user had leaked artwork from an upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game mode on the popular discussion site.

Activision, the publisher of the extremely popular first-person shooter franchise Call of Duty has issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act file.

The subpoena is aimed at infringers of its intellectual property and Activision has also requested from Reddit the details of the user who uploaded the image.

The video game publisher alleges that the uploading of an image from their upcoming game mode for Modern Warfare “infringes Activision’s exclusive rights under copyright law. Specifically, it infringes Activision’s rights“.

The user who posted the image reportedly “found this image online” however has not disclosed where it was found and under what circumstances.

Speculation abounds, the image could have been passed to the user, hacked from Activision servers and stolen or is a fake.

However, given Activision’s very strong reaction to the image, it is almost definitely a genuine image that has no right being in the public domain at this time.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Screenshot
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) – Activision

Video game publishers are beginning to take a hard stance against leaked content.

While leaks are fairly common in the games industry and some people suspect that they are perpetrated by developers themselves, some developers take an aggressive approach.

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Late last year, Epic Games filed a motion against a leaker who disclosed details of Fortnite Season 2 before Epic Games had themselves made it official.

While it’s an indulging fantasy to imagine some clever hackers breaking into corporate servers and stealing the information, leaks of this nature often come from employees of the company or game testers breaking non-disclosure agreements.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Screenshot
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) – Activision

This type of leak is fairly easy since beta and closed testing is often done from a user’s home where taking down information and capturing screenshots can be done effortlessly.

However, the reason that there isn’t a wealth of information before a game is released is that developers implement very harsh penalties for breaching N.D.A contracts.

D.M.C.A penalties, for example, can result in up to $500,000 in fines and 5 years in prison or $1 million in fines and 10 years in prison for repeat offenders.

If this image was accidentally found somewhere, then it is unlikely that the user will face any penalty since it will be Activision’s burden of proof to show that the user intentionally and willingly stole the image.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Screenshot
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) – Activision

It is also unclear as to Reddit’s responsibility in this matter since they cannot be held entirely responsible for everything that is posted on their site.

Reddit is a community-generated content site and with sites of this nature, a dark and insidious side will always develop.

This isn’t the first time Reddit has been the subject of controversy since past issues with the platform have seen sub-Reddits promoting sexual violence, child pornography and drug use among other less savory subjects.

At time of writing, Reddit has not commented on this latest issue.


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