No Doubt success in Activision lawsuit
16th Apr 2010 | 14:35
Gwen Stefani's No Doubt has won the latest round in its lawsuit against Activision, over the group's use in the Band Hero.
Just like Courtney Love, No Doubt's four members (Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young) were unhappy that their 'Hero likenesses can be used to perform other musicians' songs.
Speaking to the LA Times last year, the band's manager Jim Guerinot claimed that Activision "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act".
He added: "The band are bitterly disappointed that their name and likeness was taken and used without their permission. 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."
Apparently Stefani specifically disapproves of singing the Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Woman, stating 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."
Activision responded (via Game Informer) and claimed that it's "within its legal rights".
On Thursday, Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a tentative ruling rejecting Activision's effort to invoke freedom-of-speech protections.