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Following in the footsteps of Courtney Love’s complaints concerning the use of Kurt Cobain’s likeness in Guitar Hero 5, The L.A. Times music blog is reporting that the band members of No Doubt are suing Activision because their character models are used to play other musicians' songs in Band Hero. The lawsuit was filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of members Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young.“The band [members] are bitterly disappointed that their name and likeness was taken and used without their permission,” manager Jim Guerinot said to the Times. “They agreed to play three No Doubt songs as a band...Activision then went and put them in 62 other songs and broke the band up [and] never even asked.”In addition to claiming that Activision “transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act,” Stefani specifically disapproves of singing the Rolling Stones’ “*** Tonk Woman” saying in the filing that “the Character Manipulation Feature results in an unauthorized performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes.”The suit claims that Activision concealed the fact that the No Doubt character models would appear in other artists’ songs and that the game publisher refused to disable the feature once the band became aware of it, saying the change would be “too expensive.”The suit requests an unspecified monetary compensation, a halt to Band Hero’s sales at retailers, and a complete recall of copies of the game sold.Game Informer has contacted Activision in regards to the lawsuit and has yet to receive a response. We’ll update the post as soon as we hear anything. In the meantime, check out our review of the game.
Activision has provided the following statement regarding the No Doubt lawsuit:
"Some of the world’s most popular and iconic artists have been featured in Guitar Hero as playable characters, and we are proud to count No Doubt among them. Activision has a written agreement to use No Doubt in Band Hero – an agreement signed by No Doubt after extensive negotiations with its representatives, who collectively have decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Pursuant to that agreement, Activision worked with No Doubt and the band’s management in developing Band Hero. As a result, Activision believes it is within its legal rights with respect to the use and portrayal of the band members in the game and that this lawsuit is without merit. Activision is exploring its own legal options with respect to No Doubt’s obligations under the agreement."
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seriously what they did to kurt cobain was worse but i'm getting real tired of their bull#$%!
If i were famous i wouldnt want my avatar singing songs i didnt approve of.
Thats just soo dumb.
wtf why r they so upset is she worried that theyll make her look bad what a (SENSORED) lol
They have to use other bands material because No Doubt is garbage.
Weetards that what they are! "I don't like to sing songs that are not from my band and sound like a dude!" lol!!! Get a life, enjoy your money and shut up!
I love no doubt and Gwen Stefani, but considering how Band Hero and games like it play, it sounds like they agreed without knowing what they were getting themselves into.