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- Posted on Dec 11th 2009 6:35AM by Stephen Dowling
The suit came over Band Hero's Character Manipulation Feature, where players can get an artist to sing or play songs from an entirely different band. According to Rolling Stone, No Doubt's manager said the band were "mortified" to discover the No Doubt avatars -- singer Gwen Stefani pictured -- could be used to perform tracks by the likes of including tunes by Spice Girls, Poison and Duran Duran.
"The Character Manipulation Feature allows a game-player to create awkward and distorted virtual performances by No Doubt's avatar characters, of musical works in genres not associated with, and never performed by, No Doubt," the suit contends.
But in the countersuit, Activision have accused the band of failing in their due diligence. They said the game's "unlockable avatars" were a "publicly known" element, and the band should have been aware of them. They also say the band refused to assist in promotion, which was a breach of their contract.
One of the main issues in the Activision and No Doubt lawsuits is over the Rolling Stones song 'Honky Tonk Woman.'
"While No Doubt are avid fans of the Rolling Stones and even have performed in concerts with them, the Character Manipulation Feature results in an unauthorised performance by the Gwen Stefani avatar in a male voice boasting about having sex with prostitutes," the band's lawyers alleged.
No Doubt are also unhappy bass player Tony Kanal can be made to sing in a high-pitched voice on songs such as 'Just a Girl.'