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Maroon 5 singer sues Activision

Fri 05 Aug 2011 9:33am GMT / 5:33am EDT / 2:33am PDT
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Adam Levine unhappy with his role in Band Hero

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Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine is suing Activision over his the use of his likeness in music game Band Hero.

The singer alleged that while he performed both the hit song She Will Be Loved and provided motion capture for the game, he was not aware he avatar could be used to perform other musician's tracks.

Levine also claimed that he received a lower fee than other Band Hero artists.

According to The Wrap, Levine is seeking damages for breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, violation of the common-law right of publicity, and unfair business acts or practices.

Activision has so far failed to comment on the lawsuit.

Last year No Doubt filed a similar lawsuit against Activision over Band Hero.

9 Comments

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,240 400 0.3
Now whether he was mislead into thinking he would only be performing his own song, that is an issue. This should have been laid out in a contract clearly, I'm guessing it perhaps wasn't clear enough not to leave room for interpretation.

However, "Levine also claimed that he received a lower fee than other Band Hero artists."

Well as long as he was paid the figure he or his agent on his behalf agreed to, it's irrelevent. If people got paid more it's because they either a) were seen as a bigger draw or b) had an agent who was better at negotiating price. So for that one blame your agent, the money was obviously enough for the appearence (or at least allowing for the other part, what he thought the appearence was) before he found out what others were on, and frankly, I'd expect some artists to command a higher fee due to demand, profile and brand.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew Goodchild on 5th August 2011 11:51am

Posted:3 years ago

#1

Tommy Thompson
Studying Artificial Intelligence (PhD)

110 0 0.0
A bit late isn't he? Band Hero came out 2 years ago right?

I agree with Andrew, it's only whether it was indicated the avatar would perform other artists songs that is an issue.

Posted:3 years ago

#2

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 942 0.7
Its easy to understand why the gaming industry stopped making music games. You know what it is, as the developer to wake up every morning to have one of these spoiled brats up your ass demanding more money. The music gaming genere probably gave these musicians more publicity and exposure then ever. Especially to kids who werent even born or raised listening to their music. As a developer Id say "Screw music games!" So much legal crap behind it, it really is not worth it.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 5th August 2011 1:33pm

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Aleksi Ranta
Product Manager - Hardware

273 127 0.5
Mo money, mo problems...

Posted:3 years ago

#4
All music content licensing deals comes under MFN...so even the small unknown bands on a compilation get the same fee as the big boys...not that MFN was ever invented to use as a price fixing instrument, but rather to deal with international trade between nations...
Anyway, I am 100% sure he has a MFN clause in his contract, and if it hasnt been respected, he has the right to get the same as the best paid other contracted artist/band on the same product...

Posted:3 years ago

#5

Kevin Patterson
musician

186 103 0.6
As a musician, I was disgusted to see Kurt Cobain singing Play that funky music in Guitar hero. Maybe Kurt would laughed, we will never know, but i thought it was disrespectful. I can understand not liking having your image available to perform songs that are way different than your style. I can't imagine them doing this to Danzig lol.

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Andrew McFain
Journalist

14 1 0.1
Didn't this happen with World Tour, as well? Come on, musicians, if you're going to sign on to these things, learn to read a contract and pay attention to the people's other work.

Posted:3 years ago

#7

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,240 400 0.3
@Andrew McFain re."learn to read a contract"

I would assume it's not that simple. If these things were explicitly detailed in contract, surely they wouldn't have much of a case to begin with?

Posted:3 years ago

#8

Alex Bunch
Proof Reader

94 106 1.1
Always seems to be the artists heading towards the dumper (copyright Smash Hits 1985) that sue.

Posted:3 years ago

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