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Activisions Band Hero finds its brand in a court room

By Edited Apr 25, 2014 0 0
Popular game developer is being sued by another disgruntled artist

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Kurt Cobain and Gwen Stefani (a long with her bandmates 'No Doubt) have been the latest 'victims' of Activisions avatar use.

Contrary to popular belief, not all artists appreciate their likeness being included in a music based video game.

While royalties and money are agreed upon prior to the release date, Activision is finding that the artists they have portrayed in their most recent games aren't happy with the representation.

The latest legal battle for Activision involves the popular band, "No Doubt". Their likeness was signed to the latest incarnation of popular music games in Band Hero.

When the game hit stores, No Doubt was quick to find themselves in a lawsuit with Activision. The band claims that upon their agreement with the publisher that their in-game likeness would only perform songs that the band themselves have recorded. Of course, this didn't go as planned and No Doubt can be seen performing songs by various artists.

Activision has since counter-sued No Doubt, claiming that this is a normal procedure with any of the avatars that have been in their games.

This isn't the first lawsuit that Activision has had to deal with this year though.

Courteny Love has also sued Activision for their portrayal of her late, iconic husband, Kurt Cobain. Cobain can also been seen singing various other artists content, which was met with a huge backlash amongst loyal Nirvana fans. Love has since gone on many verbal tirades regarding this issue, many of which involving huge amounts of vulgarity.

Former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic have also asked Activision to create a patch to fix the issue, a move that has since been done by No Doubt as well.

Neither request have been done by Activision as of yet, and these situations have the ability to get even uglier.

Does this mean these franchises will up and disappear? Probably not, but it will more than likely limit the avatars available in future games as more legal issues will be put into place to ensure that situations like this will never arise again.

The scariest situations of all may be seeing Cobain performing Billy Idol songs or No Doubt doing a rendition of the Jackson 5. If that isn't enough to turn off gamers, then nothing will.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6242675.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=newstop&tag=newstop;story;12

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