Maroon 5 Frontman Sues Activision Over Band Hero Appearance
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is suing Activision for what he claims is a misuse of his likeness in the 2009 game Band Hero. According to the suit, Levine wasn't aware that his in-game character could be used outside of the Maroon 5 song "She Will be Loved," a situation which he claims is a breach of contract and violates his right of publicity.
Levine is particularly steamed that players can choose his avatar in the game and perform songs from other artists, including recordings from female vocalists. The suit says that Activision informed other artists about this functionality, but that Levine was kept in the dark.
No Doubt would likely say that they were unaware of that feature as well. The group sued Activision in 2009 for the same reason. That case is still moving through the courts.