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No Doubt settles Activision lawsuit

By Rachel Weber

No Doubt settles Activision lawsuit

Thu 04 Oct 2012 7:27am GMT / 3:27am EDT / 12:27am PDT

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No Doubt has settled its lawsuit with Activision, which centred around the Band Hero title making the group ""virtual karaoke players."

Associated Press reported that the agreement was reached on Monday. The two parties were due to hash out the fraud, violation of publicity rights and breach of contract allegations on October 15.

The band filed the lawsuit in November 2009, upset that band members could be used to perform songs by other artists and claimed ""contrary to the agreement between the parties."

In April 2010 LA County Superior Court supported the suit, rejecting Activision's freedom-of-speech defence.

No Doubt are just one group to battle Activision over the Band Hero and Guitar Hero brands. Gun N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, Maroon 5, former Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love have all been unhappy with the series' use of musicians as avatars.

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So does that mean they're happy for players to play as them, but only on their own songs? Or they didn't want to be represented in-game at all, and only allowed their songs to be used?

Posted:4 years ago


Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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With No Doubt and Courtney Love, if I remember right it was performing songs by other artists.
I don't know if Axl had this issue, but he was suing for them using Slash on Guns n Roses songs.

Posted:4 years ago


Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Im glad they dont make many music games. These Artists dont deserve the publicity and exposure music games give them to kids of the new generation. Some kids now a days never knew who guns & roses, metallica or Nirvana were till they played these games.

Posted:4 years ago


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