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No Doubt, Activision Agree To Court Settlement In Band Hero Dispute

Posted on October 4, 2012 AT 10:55am

No Doubt outlasted the Guitar Hero franchise, so it’s no surprise that Activision decided to settle with the band in court due to a lawsuit over video game likenesses. ‘Probably a wise move.

A short update from Associated Press gives the raw details:

Court records show the Grammy-winning band reached a settlement Monday. The band sued over a feature in the game that allowed players to perform other artists’ songs using the likenesses of frontwoman Gwen Stefani and other band members.

Activision Publishing Inc. had denied all wrongdoing. A judge ruled earlier this year that No Doubt could argue fraud, violation of publicity rights and breach of contract claims at a trial scheduled Oct. 15.

Attorneys on both sides of the fence haven’t made any public statements, but you can bet that they walked away with some rather tidy paychecks underneath it all.

No Doubt first went to court against Activision in 2009, back when the band was on shaky ground and Guitar Hero was just hitting its stride. Several extensions and countersuits later likely left everyone drained, and with the Guitar Hero series essentially dead, Activision has much bigger fish to fry.

Source: AP

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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