The reason for Activision’s latest legal woes? Band Hero. Apparently Levine, who agreed to perform Maroon 5’s hit “She Will Be Loved,” isn’t too happy that his in-game likeness can be made to perform music that “would not have been chosen by him for recordings or performances.” Another irritation is that his avatar can be used to perform songs from female vocalists.
Sound familiar? It should. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani took out similar action last year, and Courtney Love also sued over Kurt Cobain’s use in another Activision title, Guitar Hero 5
According to reports, Levine is suing for fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, violation of the common-law right of publicity and unfair business acts or practices, and is seeking unspecified damages.