Just as happened with Kurt Cobain’s appearance in Guitar Hero 5 and the screams from the bloated, sucking mass which rallied to his defense, Activision is taking some heat for the use of likenesses in their music games. The issue comes this time from No Doubt who are outraged that their avatars can be used to play the full playlist of songs.
The suit filed today alleges that Activision withheld information on how the avatars could be used in the game and, when asked to prevent the use of the avatars on unapproved songs, refused to accommodate the band by stating it would be “too expensive.”
While I do think it would be pretty slimy if Activision had in fact not been clear with them, the way the suit approaches the issue is a bit disgusting in it’s own right. Instead of making that the main complaint, they dress it up as a bruise to their ego, as if the internet isn’t already full of images of Gwen Stefani’s head on Marv Albert’s lingiere-wearing body.
I want to get behind No Doubt on this because I think people should be able to have at least some measure of control over the use of their likeness in a commercial product but it’s really hard to do that when they’re going to be such crybabies about something I thought should had been written off as a kinda funny but ultimately harmless thing by now anyway.