No Doubt Wants 'Band Hero' Pulled From Retailers

No Doubt filed a lawsuit claiming that Activision overstepped its contractual agreement to use the band members' avatars in "Band Hero".

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No Doubt filed a lawsuit, November 4th, claiming that Activision Publishing Inc. overstepped its contractual agreement to use the band members' avatars in its recently released "Band Hero" video game, according to the Los Angeles Times. The suit claims the game has "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act," singing songs that were not written or recorded by the California-based band. No Doubt reportedly agreed to allow Activision to use the band's music and likenesses in no more than three of the band's own songs: "Don't Speak," "Just A Girl" and "Excuse Me Mr." However, the game's character manipulation feature allows players to use the likenesses of Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young to perform more than 60 songs, "many of which include lyrics ... which are not appropriate for No Doubt and have not been and would not have been chosen by No Doubt for recordings or public performances," according to the suit. As an example, the suit cites a gamers ability to use Stefani's image to sing The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women." "While No Doubt are avid fans of The Rolling Stones 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 complaint reads. The band members reportedly claim Activision executives did not tell them about the character manipulation feature and refused to remove or disable it at the band's request because it would be too expensive. No Doubt's suit is seeking unspecified actual and punitive damages, a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction against distribution of "Band Hero." The band also wants Activision to recall all existing copies of the game. Activision issued a statement saying the lawsuit is without merit. The company "believes it is within its legal rights with respect to the use and portrayal of the band members in the game," according to a Billboard report. Activision also was criticized in September for allowing the likeness of Kurt Cobain in "Guitar Hero 5" to perform songs popularized by bands other than Nirvana, including No Doubt's song "Ex-Girlfriend." However, no suit has been filed over Cobain's avatar. Thanks for the report to Livedaily.com.

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    Mattt0192
    well when you're a washed up band with no future there's nothing else to do but whine and bitch about yourself, and all representations of yourself... stefani needs to go away and die like her career.
    TNA
    Can the band honestly think anyone cares that they are playing other songs. Who really thinks less of No Doubt because they are singing other bands songs in a game. If anything they are ruining their image by blowing this out of proportion.
    damienFROST
    I don't much care for this game, but in this case I think the artist should be kept happy, that is if Activision wants to release more of these games in the future. If Activision gets their way now, I don't think a lot a artists would work with them afterwards, except Courtney for some money
    Anjohl
    Gwen should have read the news back when this was all going on with Kurt!
    98Timberwolf
    TNA wrote: Can the band honestly think anyone cares that they are playing other songs. Who really thinks less of No Doubt because they are singing other bands songs in a game. If anything they are ruining their image by blowing this out of proportion.
    Well said.
    RyoujokuNoAme
    They should have expected this because of the controversy over the Cobain thing. Some people, bands or whatever are just money hungry, and No Doubt are no different. I think they just signed the contract to be able to sue them in the future.
    PIMO
    JFRules wrote: wow people have no life. I would take her avatar and make her sing the new song from Rammstein
    i second that lol all day everyday. No Doubt is so stupid, they were so excited in their video in game where they say they are all for guitar hero and being "immortalized" in a video game forever and its the best thing to happen to them, two days later they go against it, they should have known this would happen, i bet they didnt even read the contract and were just excited to be in the video game
    Restlesscow
    godberry wrote: what did no doubt expect when they allowed activision to put them in the game? i think some of these artists need to get familiar with the game before they start signing away their image. ...unless they're only after money.
    Well said.
    Roberttitus
    sticknick wrote: As an example, the suit cites a gamers ability to use Stefani's image to sing The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women." I'm actually surprised the Stones aren't suing the avatar of Gwen Stefani for not paying the proper royalties for every time a gamer makes her sing the song.
    Quoted For Truth... Bittersweet Symphony anyone?
    sticknick
    As an example, the suit cites a gamers ability to use Stefani's image to sing The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women." I'm actually surprised the Stones aren't suing the avatar of Gwen Stefani for not paying the proper royalties for every time a gamer makes her sing the song.
    godberry
    what did no doubt expect when they allowed activision to put them in the game? i think some of these artists need to get familiar with the game before they start signing away their image. ...unless they're only after money.
    randymeeks81
    they have no time for video games, so they don't understand how it worked when they signed their contracts. it's their own fault for selling their image into a medium they knew nothing about.
    JFRules
    wow people have no life. I would take her avatar and make her sing the new song from Rammstein