No Doubt vs. The Karaoke Machine
Lead singer [lastfm]Gwen Stefani[/lastfm] and band members of [lastfm]No Doubt[/lastfm] struck the right chord in court this week winning a case vs. Activision. The conflict, stemmed from the bands likeness being used as unlockable bonus content in the Activision game Band Hero, which the band obviously disapproved of.
How did the judge rule? Check out what happened after the jump!
By completing the game players are given the option to take control of any member of the group as an avatar with lead singer [lastfm]Gwen Stefani [/lastfm]being quoted as “disapproving of singing the [lastfm]Rolling Stones[/lastfm]’ “Honky Tonk Woman”.
This could all come to an end, however, as of this past Thursday when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kenji Machida issued a tentative ruling rejecting Activision’s effort to invoke freedom-of-speech protections under the 1st Amendment.
Activision had been trying to use their 1st Amendment right to defend their choice of giving game players the ability to unlock the [lastfm]No Doubt[/lastfm] avatars to use as they please. With past Activision transgressions leaving rock icons like Kurt Cobain at the mercy of the karaoke monster, it looks as if Adrian Young and [lastfm]No Doubt[/lastfm] may be set to strike a blow for artists everywhere.
- In the meantime, check out this video of [lastfm]Gwen Stefani[/lastfm]‘s avatar doing all the parts on Band Hero during the song “Honky Tonk Woman,” to see what the band was complaining about.
- Do you think No Doubt’s grievances are right? Should people not be allowed to unlock their characters to play them as they please?