No Doubt Sues Activision Over Band Hero Likeness

No Doubt Sues Activision Over Band Hero Likeness

Activision is catching legal heat from band No Doubt over the group’s appearance in the recently released Band Hero. No Doubt is suing Activision, seeking damages for turning the act into “virtual karaoke players”. Sound familiar?

No Doubt says in a statement that the band “agreed to place avatars containing their name and likeness performing three No Doubt songs” but that Band Hero allows their use in more than 60 other songs, all without the group’s knowledge or approval.

Furthermore, individual band members can be “isolated into solo performances of these cover songs and placed randomly in countless variations”.

According to No Doubt’s claim, that goes against the contract it signed with Activision granting its likeness in Band Hero. It also contends that Activision refused to change the band’s appearance beyond the agreed songs, saying that catering to No Doubt’s request would be “too expensive”.

The publisher of Band Hero raised the ire of Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love — as well as former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic — for the singer’s inclusion in Guitar Hero 5. In that game, the late Cobain could be used in non-Nirvana songs, performing any instrument, resulting in hastily Twittered fury from Love.

No Doubt is seeking an injunction and damages in the suit. We’ve contacted Activision to get their side of the story and will update with comment, should they provide any.


  • Activision have no shame, and no integrity. Kotic has stated repeatedly that he only cares about the dollars, the guy’s getting like some cartoon villain. God I wish he’d get his comeuppance.

    • i have no problem with this if there only gonna be used for 3 songs id simply rather there not in the game it seems like a waste of money when they could put more songs in the game instead

      i really dont give a shit who im controlling although Johnny Cash Rocks but when im playing im more focused on you know actuaklly hitting my notes than i am the fact that gwen stefanis on the drums and taylor swift is on Bass

  • I’m calling bullshit on Activision’s claim that restricting No Doubt’s members to just their songs would be too expensive. Coding something like this would be extremely easy, and would take about half a day at most to incorporate into the product. In fact, that could easily just patch it.

    I am, however, surprised that they gave it another go after the whole Kurt Cobain incident. You’d think they would’ve learned, huh?

    • Why would you pay to create a bands likeness that could only be used in 3 out of 80 songs. It wouldn’t be worth it when it’s the songs that sell the game anyway.

  • I think No Doubt should get over it. This looks like a money grab to me. They should stop pretending like they have principles. They sold-out when they agreed to put their likeness in a game. This goes for Nirvana as well.

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