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Judge refuses to throw out No Doubt vs Activision case

Publisher still facing court case for cancelled Guitar Hero series

A US court has for a second time declined to allow Activision Blizzard's motion to dismiss a lawsuit taken out against it by the band No Doubt.

The 2009 suit regards the virtual appearance of the musicians in Band Hero, wherein their digital recreations could be made to perform songs by other artists.

The group claimed that this "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act."

Activision had fought back by claiming its right to creative expression, but for a second time a Los Angeles judge has ruled the case should not be dismissed, reports the LA Times.

While the case continues, the Band/Guitar Hero series does not. Activision dramatically cancelled the franchise as part of a business-wide cull earlier this month.

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