No Doubt Settles Activision Lawsuit Out Of Court

No Doubt Settles Activision Lawsuit Out Of Court

In late 2009, No Doubt sued Activision after discovering that Gwen Stefani’s likeness could be used to sing any song in the Band Hero catalogue. No Doubt has now settled with Activision, for an undisclosed sum.

The settlement was made two weeks before the trial was set to take place. No Doubt had intended to sue Activision for fraud, violation of publicity rights, and breach of contract.

At the time No Doubt was particularly worried about having a Gwen Stefani avatar singing songs that may have been damaging to Stefani’s image and reputation. The suit made specific reference to the Rolling Stones song ‘Honky Tonk Woman, which allowed for an “unauthorized performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes”.

No Doubt Lawsuit: Band Settles With Video Game ‘Band Hero’ [Huffington Post]


  • No-one really played Band Hero when it was new anyway. Seriously, I know no people who owned it.

    I miss Guitar Hero. I wish they’d stuck with just the one instrument and focused on making the interface more streamlined instead of gimmicky and stupid.

    • I bought Rocksmith last week and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a bit harder than Guitar Hero, obviously, since you’re playing with a real guitar (not to mention pricey since you need to supply your own guitar). But it’s also much more useful as it’s teaching you to actually play the songs rather than just pressing buttons on a plastic controller.

      Not as good as Guitar Hero as just a pick up and play party game, but if you approach it as a piece of educational software it’s very good.

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