No Doubt Sues Activision

By Jeff Mattas, Nov 04, 2009 5:21pm PST Is Activision really getting sued again? No Doubt!

TMZ reports that the band No Doubt is suing Activision for "the unauthorized use of the No Doubt's name and likeness," in Band Hero, released on November 2. The band is suing for an injunction prohibiting the use of the band members' likenesses in songs other than the three No Doubt tracks included in the game, and seeks an undisclosed amount of damages.

The lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, claims that the game "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act," a statement indicative of being able to play any of the game's more than 60 tracks using No Doubt avatars.

A representative from Activision followed up with TMZ, stating that is has a "written agreement to use No Doubt in Band Hero," and "believes it is within its legal rights with respect to the use and portrayal of the band members in the game." The rep further described the lawsuit as "without merit."

Less than a couple of months ago, we reported that Activision faced similar legal action regarding the use of Kurt Cobain's digital likeness in Guitar Hero 5. We're not sure how this particular dispute will play out, but it's highly likely resolution is buried somewhere within the contractual legalese.

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  • Friggin idiots. Join Courtney Love in another retarded lawsuit (well, at least she didn't actually sue). You probably signed a document allowing the use of your likeness. You don't have the right to sue for damages. Perhaps you should sue to have them patch you out of the game, along with your shitty music.

    Also, now when Activision gets stars for a game to sign their likeness, it's going to be like that Simpsons episode where they had to move, change names, and enter the witness protection program (when I step on your foot and say "hello Mr. Thompson, you'll say 'oh hello, nice to meet you'"). The activision guys will sit down with the artist in a room and have to show them a video of what it will be like. Your likeness will be in this game. It can be used to play any song in the game, including music you don't like. Get it!

    I have lost what little respect I had for No Doubt.