Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?

News has broken that Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision on the claim that his name and likeness is used as a supporting character in the latest game in the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty game series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In a nutshell: the game is set in the 1980s and… Continue reading Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?

No Doubt vs Activision Band Hero lawsuit to fight on

A US appeal court has given No Doubt permission to continue their lawsuit against Activision over Band Hero.  The rock band argue that Activision has misused their likenesses and music within Band Hero in a breach of a contract that Activision entered into with them. This lawsuit has been going since around November 2009 (see… Continue reading No Doubt vs Activision Band Hero lawsuit to fight on

Can you feature David Cameron in a video game legally?

Yes probably, is the answer.  Read on for my explanation… Kotaku has written a piece on The Politics of Presidential Appearences in Video Games, triggered by President Obama’s appearance in Madden NFL 11.  Which has got me thinking: could UK Prime Minister David Cameron object to be included in a video game? The legal bit:… Continue reading Can you feature David Cameron in a video game legally?

No Doubt vs Activision: a legal analysis

The dispute between No Doubt and Activision over Band Hero (which we’ve blogged about previously) has continued to escalate, with Activision this week filing papers setting out its formal legal position. Below, I set out a lowdown of what’s going on, what No Doubt and Activision argue against each other and my thoughts about  how… Continue reading No Doubt vs Activision: a legal analysis

Celebrities, attack!

Activision releases Band Hero and, very soon after, the rock band No Doubt sue Activision for unauthorised use of the band in the game amounting allegedly to the band being turned into a “virtual karaoke circus act“.  Before that, Courtney Love kicks up a stink about the use of Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5. … Continue reading Celebrities, attack!