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No Doubt files lawsuit on Band Hero

November 4, 2009 12:04:47 AM PST
Rock band No Doubt has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the popular video-game Band Hero.At issue is the use of the band members' likeness in the latest version of the game, which hit store-shelves Tuesday.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that game-maker Activision, based in Santa Monica, used the likenesses of band members, Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young, well beyond what was stipulated in the contract.

According to court documents, the contract allowed the company to use only three of the band's songs, but the game actually allows players to manipulate the characters, collectively and individually, to sing over 60 songs of other artists.

The suit claims the game, "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act." It also says that band members were not made aware of the manipulation function ahead of the game's release, and that the company refused the band's request to remove it once band members became aware of it.

An Activision spokesperson declined to comment, saying the company had not yet seen the lawsuit. The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages, for distribution of the game to be stopped, and for Activision to recall all copies that have already been distributed.


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