No Doubt Sue Activision

The band say Activision misled them about how their characters would be used in-game, where players can make Gwen Stefani sing like a man.

No Doubt Sue Activision
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No Doubt will see their case against "Guitar Hero" developers Activision go to court this year. The band began legal proceedings in 2009 when they found that their virtual characters in "Band Hero" would sing songs by other artists and as different genders - something the band say Activision misled them about. Although Activision had permission to use the band's likenesses, Billboard reports that the band didn't know players could unlock game modes where singer Gwen Stefani could perform in a male voice. In turn, they felt the band had been turned "into a virtual karaoke circus act." Activision representative Jeffery McFarland says they have a video recording of the band being told about the game's unlockable features, and looks forward to presenting it during the trial. Meanwhile, No Doubt are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming album with producer Spike Stent. A studio video from early May previewed one catchy new rock track "Push & Shove", which you can hear in the player below:

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    cbabb7
    If i was in a game and they could make me sound likea chick id probably have a good laugh at it. Not go sue-happy.
    DemonicTurtle66
    fede01_8 wrote: remember when Guitar Hero was the hottest thing around? thank God those days are over, kids move to Call Of Duty while we still play the real shit
    People can say what they want about Guitar Hero, but it did do some good things. It inspired some people (myself included) to learn guitar. Many people thought if they could play Guitar Hero they could play real guitar, and this lead to a greater appreciation of how difficult it is to play guitar. It introduced some great bands and songs to a younger generation of kids.
    spiff-corgi
    Cos No Doubt are really in need of some cash, aren't they? I'd still bang Gwen Stefani though.
    LeakyFlask
    fede01_8 wrote: remember when Guitar Hero was the hottest thing around? thank God those days are over, kids move to Call Of Duty while we still play the real shit
    Fucking kids, man. I'm so pissed over GTA V coming out, they'll be sitting their in front of their TV's while I'm out for real driving on the sidewalk and killing pedestrians. And don't get me started on Mario. Those kids couldn't even plumb if their life depended on it.
    InsaneAss
    Activision representative Jeffery McFarland says they have a video recording of the band being told about the game's unlockable features, and looks forward to presenting it during the trial.
    lol so owned.
    iommi600
    The band began legal proceedings in 2009 when they found that their virtual characters in "Band Hero" would sing songs by other artists and as different genders - something the band say Activision misled them about.
    Do they realize how utterly stupid this is? This gotta be a move to make some extra money.
    fede01_8
    remember when Guitar Hero was the hottest thing around? thank God those days are over, kids move to Call Of Duty while we still play the real shit
    elvor0
    fede01_8 wrote: remember when Guitar Hero was the hottest thing around? thank God those days are over, kids move to Call Of Duty while we still play the real shit
    Yeah, I mean god damn, those guitar hero kids were stealing our gigs and everything! Oh wait that didn't happen. Or all those times people thought you were stupid for playing real guitar! No,that didn't happen either! People actually thought they were playing guitar! didn't happen. People buying guitars, learning how to play and hearing sweet new bands? Yeah that happened, myself included. Grow up.
    zalant
    headbanger32594 wrote: "...Virtual Karaoke Circus Act" No Doubt about that.
    Nice. My first thought was, "um, yeah, isn't that what the game is supposed to be?" I mean, players are going to be singing along to the recorded tracks. Isn't that pretty much the definition (as we know it) of Karaoke? They might as well try and forbid male game players from singing the No Doubt tracks. If you want people to see Gwen singing No Doubt's songs in her own voice, that's what releasing live DVDs (of the band) is for. And for the record, Gwen is on my very short list of chicks with no tits, where it still doesn't take anything away from how hot they are.
    Xenophy
    Spartan101400 wrote: Didn't Courtney Love do the same thing a year or two back?
    yep
    pomes
    I like how they've all done their hair up just to record.
    Bulldoxide
    Spartan101400 wrote: Didn't Courtney Love do the same thing a year or two back?
    Maybe, but she's just looking to fill the "Hole" that Cobain left.
    Darth_Pietrus
    This is almost as bad as the woman who sued Nutella for 5 million because she thought Nutella was healthy..
    Slashiepie
    "into a virtual karaoke circus act." They didnt turn you into that, you already are my deer Gween...
    Grudgeshredder
    Spartan101400 wrote: Didn't Courtney Love do the same thing a year or two back?
    Yep, and the suit got dropped for the same reason as this one will. The contract didn't specify anything about artists being bound to their songs. Next time they'll read the contracts and figure that out.
    MrDo0m
    "Billboard reports that the band didn't know players could unlock game modes where singer Gwen Stefani could perform in a male voice." Gwen Stefani singing a High on Fire song would be pretty funny to me.
    pwrmax
    Meanwhile, No Doubt are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming album
    Oh wow, what a coincidence!
    J0HNNYBR4V04756
    fede01_8 wrote: remember when Guitar Hero was the hottest thing around? thank God those days are over, kids move to Call Of Duty while we still play the real shit
    Quit bitching, guitar hero is the reason i play guitar.
    HARTATTACK69
    Courtney Love did the same thing, only it was painfully obvious that it was just a ploy to make money. If No Doubt wants any money, they better study what not to do from her.
    Ibanez_Gio
    Activision aren't stupid. They would have ironed out all these little details. No Doubt either have really stupid lawyers, are very stupid themselves, or are an irrelevant band who need a quick injection of attention. Oh.
    losing battle
    Awwwe look some washed up pop star is trying to get media attention and some extra money. Somebody throw this bitch a liver snap in so we never have to hear from her again.
    JayMichaelRayne
    DemonicTurtle66 wrote: It inspired some people (myself included) to learn guitar. Many people thought if they could play Guitar Hero they could play real guitar, and this lead to a greater appreciation of how difficult it is to play guitar. It introduced some great bands and songs to a younger generation of kids.
    totally agree about that
    Logan_B
    spiff-corgi wrote: Cos No Doubt are really in need of some cash, aren't they? I'd still bang Gwen Stefani though.
    Gwen Stefani is like 40 and she's still hot, sounds a lot like Cristina Scabbia
    link no1
    Rimfrost wrote: You sound old, and im going to sound even older when i suggest that kids should read some proper litterature instead of all that mindless Call of Duty. Games are fun, but they are also massive timewasters where you can end up sinking hundreds of hours into a game, while getting nothing valuable in return. You dont get more insightful, you dont learn anything of value (like an instrument for example). I dont mind people playing games, i do that myself, but i think it should be with moderation. No need to play a game 8 hours a day... Sorry for sounding arrogant and old :p /rant off.
    While kids should read more, it's not that much more 'educational' or anything than most video games other than keeping your reading at a good level (which is irrelevant if you compare books to Final Fantasy) and if somebody doesn't have a good imagination then no amount of fantasy novels will help them with that. Also, assuming that you are playing a good story driven game (again, using Final Fantasy just for reference) then there isn't much difference between that and a book. They are both time sinks and both leave you with a story your happy you saw/read the end of, nothing else really. Either way, kids should do ANYTHING other than Call of Duty, even if it's play another game. Alot better than paying year after year for the same game with the same engine with nothing really changed just to mindlessly shoot people. Great marketing scheme though, I bet they could sell people oxygen if they said it had multiplayer and a new map.
    HarrySound
    Meanwhile, No Doubt are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming album with producer Spike Stent. Right I get it now...
    pokerhappy
    So you mean it made the band look bad to the three people that actually bought the game?
    Datko
    I dont see the problem with people using your virtual image to sing with a man voice. If you're really worried about your "virtual image" you would sue all those porn addicted freaks trying to make a quick buck off of photoshopped pics of you naked, just saying.
    nasedase
    Does Gwen know she's going against the most evil man in the industry? The Devil's right hand man, Bobby Kotick. Good luck, No Doubt, you're gonna need it.
    headbanger32594
    fede01_8 wrote: remember when Guitar Hero was the hottest thing around? thank God those days are over, kids move to Call Of Duty while we still play the real shit
    Guitar Hero gave me the first feeling of what it was like to play the guitar. I was stoked when playing through the songs on GH2 for that reason alone. It also laid the foundation for the rhythm in my guitar playing. I learned to tremolo pick very well as a result.
    Crazyedd123
    This news is incredibly old. I'm pretty sure this was hanging around since early 2011
    rhs5110
    Of all the reasons to sue somebody! At least your in the damn game
    GREENWARRI0R
    Man I love Gwen Stafani, but she needs to just shut up and deal with it. Stupidest thing I've ever heard.
    link no1
    led_sevenfold wrote: Wouldnt u play a video game before u agree to be in it
    How would you be able to do that? Wouldn't they need to make the game before you can play it? Jus' sayin'. Anyway, does it really matter if a virtual version of Gwen Stefani is singing other peoples songs, possibly of a different gender? It's not like anybody is going to laugh at her and say something along the lines of "Hey, I made you sing a male vocal song on band hero, that makes you stupid and gay"...Totally career ruining. Though I would say she's stupid for taking activision court to such a trivial thing, that I am pretty sure nobody even cares about anymore.