No Doubt Sues Activision
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.
We make moniez, we sue.