After years of battling Activision, the creators of Band Hero, in a lawsuit filed because of the use of their avatars being used throughout the game (which violated their contract and in terms made the band lose out on a lot of money that they are entitled to) has been settled out of court. This comes only weeks before they were scheduled in court for a hearing.
No other details have been released and/or No Doubt’s attorney has not spoken about it publicly yet.
Washington Post — No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band membersâ€™ likenesses in the video game â€œBand Hero,â€ court records state.
The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before trial was set to begin on the bandâ€™s claims of fraud, violation of publicity rights, and breach of contract.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The bandâ€™s attorney, Bert Deixler, declined comment. Michael Zeller, an attorney for Activision, did not immediately return a phone message.
The band sued Activision Publishing Inc. over a feature in the game that allows players to perform the songs of other artists using the likenesses of No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani and other band members.
Activision had denied all wrongdoing and argued the idea of â€œunlockingâ€ unadvertised features of a video game has been around since the early days of the industry.
The game debuted in November 2009 and was a spinoff of Activisionâ€™s popular â€œGuitar Heroâ€ game series.
No Doubtâ€™s lawsuit was filed after the release of â€œBand Heroâ€ and claimed it turned the group into a â€œvirtual karaoke circus act.â€
The case cited instances in which players could use Stefaniâ€™s avatar to perform suggestive lyrics from the Rolling Stonesâ€™ hit â€œHonky Tonk Women,â€ or have a virtual version of bassist Tony Kanal sing his bandâ€™s hit â€œJust a Girlâ€ in Stefaniâ€™s voice.