Maroon 5 frontman sues over Band Hero - Report

Adam Levine the latest to legally fight Activision over quibbles about in-game avatar activity in 2009 music game.

The long list of music artists to sue Activision over its Guitar Hero games has grown this week with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine claiming Activision exploited his likeness in 2009's Band Hero. He joins a bevy of other big-name artists suing Activision that includes No Doubt, The Romantics, Axl Rose, and Courtney Love.

Levine isn't too pleased with Activision.

Levine's suit, which was obtained by The Wrap, alleges Band Hero takes advantage of the singer's likeness beyond the extent to which he agreed. Levine is suing for fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, violation of the common-law right of publicity, and unfair business acts or practices. According to the report, Levine is seeking "unspecified damages."

Levine was motion-captured for the game and appeared in it singing Maroon 5's smash hit "She Will Be Loved." This much he agreed to. However, Levine claims he was not informed that his avatar could be used in the game to sing other bands' songs.

Additionally, Levine's suit against Activision claims the publisher requested the permission for this "expanded use" from other artists, who were compensated at a greater level when Levine was not.

For more on Band Hero, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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177 comments
_Devastator
_Devastator

@frame_dragger How much time will be WASTED in court on this issue? Those court costs are not by the hour. The lawyers are funded by one side or the other, but there are more than just the lawyers that will be handling the case. Who pays those people's salaries? Tax payers. You need to do YOUR homework before using your condescending tone. You also understand that since your lack of respect is apparent, you are a hypocrite to think that others should respect your opinions. I shouldn't even have wasted MY time saying that, but honestly, I'm trying to do you a favor.

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

I dont care about any Levine unless it's Ken Levine because he's a baller and developed Bioshock. But then again, who's ever pleased at Activision?

Adap7ive
Adap7ive

@AmorDeRey1988 While I understand what you're trying to say, I don't understand why. Misspelled heteronormative insults aside, why direct them at me?

Spectre_Bazza
Spectre_Bazza

What a tool. No one cares about Maroon 5! Can't he just go back to whatever hole he's been in for the past sevral years?!

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@Glade_Gnarr someone should tell you that nobody plays magic cards anymore. Your picture comes for a game that has about the same hype as any of these music based games. Some people want to be rockstars, others want to be Cave Goblins.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Somebody should tell this guy that nobody plays guitar hero anymore.

LouisCipher
LouisCipher

If you guys were in Adam's shoes, you would all sue over this without a doubt, just for the fact that you didn't get the money the rest of the guys got. I'm not a big fan of Maroon 5 but they are a decent band and the fact that they sell plenty of records will tell you that much. He has every right to sue them, period. If you agree on something like this and sign a contract, then one party decides to change that agreement without notifying the other party or changing the contract, then you can be sued and rightly so! This has nothing to do with the money imo, Adam has plenty of money, this is more about the principle of it and to make sure it doesn't happen again. Activision should know better and are idiots for trying to get away with this! They will probably settle out of court and never see the inside of a courtroom.

yavix
yavix

I hope he sues their ass off, proper compensation is due for any job that is done.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@Frame_Dragger you know its a short article and its right in the second last paragraph... you have time to comment on what i said, yet not enough time to read the article. "However, Levine claims he was not informed that his avatar could be used in the game to sing other bands' songs."

sknight175216
sknight175216

People sue for the most idiotic reasons ever...

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

@Skacore_Al Too true the guy cant sing for s***

wooten9000
wooten9000

It's so sad that music games have been so exploited at this point. There's almost nothing left for them to do.

bored_gamer
bored_gamer

@gamerboy100 I don't think Metallica would sue because they actually liked being part of Guitar Hero. in the behind the scenes videos, they are actually having fun

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

Wow, what's next? Metallica suing over use of their likenesses in Guitar Hero Metallica?

popplayer22
popplayer22

He shouldn't be mad. Nobody even listens to Maroon 5 anymore. Or play Band Hero for that matter.

Frosty192
Frosty192

it is funny that when bands get worn out and crappy, they have to complain about stupid crap to get money haha. Oh well it is activision so who cares.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Maroon 5 sucks. Looks like this guy needs to draw a paycheck from the rapidly drying well. Guess if he's going to take one, Activision's as good a source as any.

rcooper1
rcooper1

greedy activision being sued by greedy pop stars!!!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I like how it took him 2 years to 'realise' this.. Muppet. I hate Activision mostly, but this guy almost out-greeds them.

liam82517
liam82517

who cares, maroon 5 suck anyway.

LoZ4life
LoZ4life

@DawnBlue Good boy, if you didn't like them I wouldn't be your friend anymore :)

Asseen0nTV
Asseen0nTV

@Frame_Dragger Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Or have we never been exposed to a social setting?

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Another joke of a lawsuit but as long as the legal system keeps rewarding antics like this people will continue suing. I hope the judge mud stomps whatever's left of his career and sends him home with something to really sing about.

deathguardian08
deathguardian08

@Skacore_Al I wasn't really talking about myself, I was putting myself in his shoes. I mean, I personally think he has every right to sue, especially considering he wasn't paid as much nor informed as well as others were. I doubt he needs to, but he can. Also, that's your opinion, I'm a little sick of seeing everyone bash Maroon 5's music. I'm probably going to get flammed for saying that but, whatever.

1UP09
1UP09

Maroon 5 terrible band nuff said...... really courtney love why are you still breathing

drumma1
drumma1

Yes, I really believe that Adam Levine is running low on money, so go ahead sue. Whatever loser. What else did you expect your avatar would do in Band Hero?

lurkyuk
lurkyuk

you should lay off the guy, this isn't an isolated incident. Two of the other law suits were over the exact same thing so maybe Activison should change their sales pitch if so many bands weren't expecting their avatars to be used for other songs.

Ovirew
Ovirew

this guy just screams douchebag.

Llama345
Llama345

Sounds like he has a gripe to me. I would want my money if I were him.

wayanbros
wayanbros

/agrees with skacore_al. if my likeness was used to be play other peoples songs in a vydjao game, I'd think its pretty cool!

wayanbros
wayanbros

Hey GAIS, drugs, private planes and bodyguards don't pay themselves!

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

He's probably depressed his band sucks.

AlphaForceOne
AlphaForceOne

as much as i hate activision. This guy is obviously just a greedy piece of crap. Plus, Maroon 5 sucks...

gq_cjc
gq_cjc

Sounds to me like he's broke as hell and is looking for a cheap way to get some money. Why don't you do like every other broke person that don't want to get a job Levine and sell crack.

Skacore_Al
Skacore_Al

@deathguardian08 I doubt you're in a successful band so I wouldn't worry about anyone using your avatar to sing anyone else's songs and if you were then you'd be a self-involved idiot. Oh, and the reason people made comments about Maroon 5's music is because it's really bad.

mtait01
mtait01

He has to get his money from somewhere... Maroon 5 had like 3 songs lol and now they're dead

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@LoZ4life Ah, but I never said I don't like their music. I think they have some great songs (which, though, I cannot recall the names of at the moment :S)

Danny077
Danny077

Wait, he's suing over a game that came out in Nov. 2009 when its now Aug. 2011. Go lay down Levine.

Tweekaholik
Tweekaholik

Do famous people honestly care this much about themselves in a video game? Seriously he's suing over this? This is pathetic

LoZ4life
LoZ4life

@Dawnblue Well sure, not everyone likes ALL music, but if you don't at least like some of their classics from Songs About Jane then you're doing it wrong! ;)

EvCrock
EvCrock

... doesn't this guy have enough money? This is a stupid case, IMO.

Asseen0nTV
Asseen0nTV

Well, if it wasn't for publicity stunts like this I would have never known what the guy from Moron 5 looks like. ..or ever heard of Moron 5. ..or been disgusted that kids won't just pick up and learn to play a real instrument. Actually, I'll forget all about this in about 5 seconds.

IonBlaster4
IonBlaster4

Guys, it makes sense to sue now... The longer its been out, the more copies it has sold, therefore giving them more money if they win this because it has done more damage.

thepyrethatburn
thepyrethatburn

*Shrug* Thought it was lame when Gwen Stefani got the ball rolling on this. Haven't changed my mind. Still, with all the Heroes and Bands going on hiatus after years of flooding the market, I suppose this is their last chance to get some money out of the genre.

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

he barely suing them now after he game was realse over 2 years ago

deathguardian08
deathguardian08

I find it shocking that most of the comments here are about Maroon 5's music and not the actual lawsuit. I think half the people here just saw "Maroon 5" and skipped the entire post and proceeded to post about how much they hate them when it has nothing to do with the lawsuit. I would be mad as well if I saw me singing in another band, however it seems a little odd to be doing it over a game that's two years old.

Skacore_Al
Skacore_Al

He's annoyed that his avatar is singing other people's work? You think he'd jump at the chance to sing something that wasn't awful.

_Devastator
_Devastator

I'm sure that several million consumers bought this game so that they could select Adam Levine as their character ... (eyes rolling) So you didn't get paid enough 3 years ago? (eyes rolling again) Good luck in court ... thanks for wasting our tax dollars.