What does this mean for Call of Duty? Lots, seeing as how Bell’s V-22 Ospreys and AH-1Z Vipers are featured in MW3, not to mention the ramifications if video games are not allowed to include the likeness of military equipment.
Electronic Arts and Bell Helicopter parent company Textron have been negotiating over Battlefield 3 use of three Bell helicopters, which Textron says is without permission. In the documents EA says that talks between the two have broken down, and the company expects a lawsuit.
EA has asked a federal judge to rule that EA’s use of the military equipment is protected by the First Amendment and fair usage.
This is one time we’ll be rooting for EA..