No Doubt, fronted by Gwen Stefani, have won the latest stage in their ongoing lawsuit against Activision. The litigation relates the groups use in the game Band Hero.
Like Courtney Love before them, they were unhappy that their likeness was used in the game and can be used to perform other musicians’ songs.
The bands manager, Jim Guerinct, said to the LA Times at the start of the action: “[Activision] transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act. The band are bitterly disappointed that their name and likeness was taken and used without their permission. They agreed to play three No Doubt songs as a band…Activision then went and put them in 62 other songs and broke the band up [and] never even asked.”
According to reports Gwen Stefani particularly disapproves of singing the song Honky Tonk Woman, by the Rolling Stones, stating that “the Character Manipulation Feature results in an unauthorized performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes.”
Activision were quoted on Game Informer as saying they were “within its legal rights”.
However the Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a ruling rejecting Activisions attempts to invoke freedom-of-speech protections in the case.