No Doubt suing over video game avatars
It feels like we’ve talked about this story before. First it was Kurt Cobain’s digital image that was being taken advantage of in Guitar Hero 5 by having his likeness sing songs by Bon Jovi and Flava Flav in their voice and mimicking their movements. Now we have the case of No Doubt vs. Band Hero for the exact same reason.
No Doubt signed releases to be in the game but now they claim that Activision, the game’s maker, never stuck to that deal (via Spinner). The band thought that they were only playable characters for their songs but they found out that Gwen Stefani’s sexy digital self was singing songs by the Rolling Stones and Marvin Gaye in a man’s voice.
So No Doubt has taken legal action and is asking to have their characters withdrawn from the game and no longer wish to endorse Band Hero. Their court documents said, “While No Doubt are avid fans of the Rolling Stones and even have performed in concerts with the Rolling Stones, the Character Manipulation Feature results in an unauthorised performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice choir boasting about having sex with prostitutes.”
Considering that this is the first Band Hero game and they are already being sued, it’s not a good way to kick off a new franchise.
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