The LA Times
reports a panel of judges, agreeing with a lower court ruling
, rejected Activision Blizzard's appeal to throw out a suit by the band No Doubt over the use of its images in the game Band Hero
. In a classic example of making sure to "read the fine print
" on the contract, No Doubt sued after the band felt it was turned into a "virtual karaoke circus act
," when its in-game avatars could be used to sing songs that were not its own.
Two years ago, when this whole situation started, the Guitar Hero
franchise (and its spin-offs) were adding billions
to the Actiblizzard coffers. The Guitar Hero franchise may be dead
now, but the lawsuits carry on.