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- Posted on Nov 5th 2009 6:04AM by Stephen Dowling
The band had signed a deal with computer game publisher Activision, but have claimed the company did not stick to the agreement.
No Doubt claim the band were only due to be playable characters performing three songs on the game, but the lawsuit says the band's avatars are playable in more than 60 songs.
In particular, the band are unhappy with the fact singer Gwen Stefani (pictured) can sing songs such as Marvin Gaye's 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' and the Rolling Stones' 'Honky Tonk Woman' in a man's voice.
The court documents said, "While No Doubt are avid fans of the Rolling Stones and even have performed in concerts with the Rolling Stones, the Character Manipulation Feature results in an unauthorised performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice choir boasting about having sex with prostitutes." In less formal terms, the band is claiming the game has "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act."
No Doubt now want withdraw their endorsement of the game, and prevent unauthorised use of their likenesses through an injunction.
Activision were embroiled in a row with the estate of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain after his avatar could be used on the game 'Guitar Hero 5' to play songs by bands such as Bon Jovi.