It’s a tragic kingdom indeed, according to the suit filed by the band No Doubt against Activision for supposed unauthorized use of their likeness for the in-game avatars in the music-rhythm game Band Hero. Activision has since counter-sued the band, claiming a lack of research on their part about the franchise’s practices in regards to avatars, and that they also failed to properly advertise the game as stipulated by their contract. A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kenji Machida issued a tentative ruling against Activision’s claim to freedom-of-speech justification for the avatar usage, although the video game publisher has the right to challenge the ruling at a later date.
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