Axl Rose suing Activision for $20M over Guitar Hero III

Guns N' Roses frontman taking publisher to court over virtual Slash, Velvet Revolver songs included in the game.

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Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock set a record in 2009, when it became the first multiplatform console title to generate more than $1 billion in revenue. However, it appears as if $20 million of that nine-figure sum may be diverted out of Activision's coffers, as the game is now the target of a high-profile lawsuit.

Rose has pegged his damages at $20 million.
Rose has pegged his damages at $20 million.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has sued Activision for its use of the virtual likeness of Saul Hudson (better known as the top-hat-donning axe legend Slash) in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

In the court documents (available online from Radar Online), Rose alleges that Activision convinced him to lend "Welcome to the Jungle" to Guitar Hero III on the grounds that the game would not feature Slash's likeness or the guitarist's follow-up group, Velvet Revolver.

Slash was featured heavily in Guitar Hero III. He graced the game's cover and was a playable character in the game. Further, songs from Velvet Revolver ("She Builds Quick Machines," "Slither," and "Messages") were made available to gamers as downloadable content following the game's release.

"[Activision] began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and [Velvet Revolver] prominently in GH III but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N' Roses and the band's song 'Welcome to the Jungle,'" the statement reads.

In addition, Rose claims that "Sweet Child O' Mine," which was used to market Guitar Hero III, was only authorized for the title's predecessor, Guitar Hero II, and he is seeking reparations for that alleged transgression.

Rose isn't the first noted musician to sue Activision for rights violations in the Guitar Hero series. Last year, Kurt Cobain's bereaved wife Courtney Love sued the publisher over the Nirvana singer's virtual likeness in Band Hero.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

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So, axl was sleeping all this time or why did he waited so long to sue activision?, cmon, were almost on 2011 and this game came out on 07

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anything that hurts activision is good news

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Damn it, Axl, don't you have enough money? No one even likes you anymore because you're such a baby.

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At first glance, this seems a lot like Axel Rose being an idiot, and Activision is smart, that's how they want this portrayed in the media. They'll settle outside of court, and all anyone will remember is Axel Rose whining about he doesn't like Slash, instead of the real point; Activision is evil and must be stopped.

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nice down with Activision!!!! seems to have alot of novision supporters in here...

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Slash always in the spotlight !

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Its about time adleast its Activision getting sued for once, they probably wipe there ass with 20m after cod.

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i dont think it matters..this game came out like 3 years ago why are you ******** about it now

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this is why slash and the rest of the original gnr left :) but axl rose got a point over activision.

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money,money,money....

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@H0rr0rG4m3r - douchebaggery axl can do, Activision does better luckily this is a lawsuit, and the world would be messed up if we decided right or wrong depending on which side is the most likeable.

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@hyttenhoof Axl is douche but and I dont care if what he's doing is totally legit he can get screwed bloody hell he whines like a 10 year old!!!!!

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@Sirbobislost all I'm saying is, you can argue whether activision showing complete disregard for their contract/agreement is right or not, but from a legal viewpoint, what Axl is doing is totally legit.

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@BobbyWrath Yea that's right I remember him giving interviews talking about how he went into motion capture studios to get his in game movements right Axl seems to be talking out of his A*** on this one how does he control slashes likeness in the first place? Not to mention how long it's taken for him to realise any of this has happened he's just after the money he went from a great rockstar to an utter joke.......all i can say is EPIC FAIL

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Typical Axl... GnR are nothing without Slash

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stfu axl, slash is better than you. your just pissed your new album sucked balls.

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hmm, I guess as far as video game lawsuits go this one is pretty cheap, just pay up

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get your money axl rose

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Axl VS Activision, Well at least it isn't Randy Quaid Vs "The Star Wackers"

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Even though I despise Kotick, this is a bit unconventional concerning Axl Rose. This dilemma should have been approached and handled ages ago.

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ummm... WHAT?

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Go Axel , down with Activison > :) .

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Guys, if a giant game studio did this to you, you'd be sueing too. It's not about the publicity, money, etc. It's about the legal right to use copyrighted materials. Of course there are always two sides to the story, but this suit actually makes sense. The public knows Alx and Slash don't get a long, so why would he ever allow Activision to put them together "virtually."

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I'm really not surprised. Axl has had so many feuds in the past, the only difference in this on is it's against a video game corporation.

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Wow. What a prick

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And if you guys remember when the game first came out slash was actually doing interviews promoting the game.

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He ran out of cocaine money...simple as that.

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Pretty stupid. But if it's in his contract then they can't really do anything, that's what it comes down to.

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yawn....

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Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Grow up, Axl Rose--It's a friggin' video game.

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maybe hes so addicted to the game that only after he got bored of it he decided to sue it

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Guitar Hero 3? Sheesh, that feels like ages ago... And he is just now taking action? Seems strange...

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"Uh he can do whatever he wants 'cuz he's Axl Friggin' Rose" Well the mystery of his middle name has now been solved. Cross that off my bucket list.

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get'em, axl! and while your at it, pull off bobby kostick's bad toupe and burn it!

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Is this an act of desperation for money or publicity?

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does anyone actually like axl? guns and roses rocked in the day but he needs to let it go now

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Wow talk about being slow that game came out 3 years ago and he was fine with that until now? What an idiot

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Meh, whether he's right or not, Activision won't be losing too much money to just give him the 20 million.

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20 million dollars! Give him a lolly pop and a kick up the ass!

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@dRuGGeRnaUt - I traveled over 250 miles sick with a horrible head cold and he didn't show up until 1 in the morning... Still the best concert of my life. To each his own I suppose. I appreciate the guy for his talent, and I don't really care how he acts. As I admitted before, the guy is a total dick, but he's still awesome and makes great music. Yes. Chinese Democracy was good. Also, I love all the GnR experts here, throwing out their facts about how Slash was slighted from the band and all... News flash, he quit. The whole band quit because they didn't like the direction the band went with Use Your Illusion 1 & 2. They, the critics, and the nom-nom-nom gobble up processed garbage fans (of which there are MANY in this very conversation), couldn't handle actual musical prowess.

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That guys such a tool.. He'll sue anyone and anything, probably mostly for the attention!! I'd probably better get some legal advice after this outburst!

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He's just a bankrupt moron... I hate these kinds of people :/

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@dRuGGeRnaUt "So because he puts on a good show he can act however he wants?? What is wrong with people these days... since when does being famous make it okay to be a ****... He is a FULL GROWN ADULT. " Uh he can do whatever he wants 'cuz he's Axl Friggin' Rose. That is what makes him who he is, because he DOES do whatever he wants. And he is far from a "mature" full grown adult, there is a difference between that and just being a grown adult. He is a alcohol fueled cocaine addict, and that means he is not the most responsible representation of a mature adult. But it is how he made a name for himself, being a jerk to people. Well that and the fact he could write a great song...20 years ago. A jerk is going to act how a jerk wants to act, why does that make you mad?

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Wow, all the thumbs down... You people do realize all these lawsuits in the US is a HUGE part of the financial situation there... When you sue, the money has to come from somewhere, and it's never usually the person you're sueing.. it comes from insurance... then the insurance raises EVERYONES insurance, and we ALL pay for it. \ But hey, I know every in the US seems to sue each other for even getting sneezed on.. they need to tighten their laws with lawsuits, it is rediculous that ANYONE famous or not can sue for millions, not for emotional damages, or FINANCIAL damages, but soley because he's mad... THIS IS INSANITY PEOPLE, and the second someone sues YOU for something pointless, you will understand.

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@BrianB0422 So because he puts on a good show he can act however he wants?? What is wrong with people these days... since when does being famous make it okay to be a ****... He is a FULL GROWN ADULT. There is no excuse for his behavior, not his "hard" childhood, NOTHING. He needs to grow up. I am awesome at my job, does that mean i can freak out and walk off in the first 15 mins of work?? no, does it mean i can tackle people that come to my work cause they are wearing a competitors t-shirt?? NO. Just cause you like GnR you don't need to make excuses for Axl, he's a stupid ****, and always will be. \ PS: The one clip on youtube showing AT LEAST 8 concerts where he throws a temper tantrum and leaves the show, REDICULOUS. 25,000 people PAY to see you, someguy in the audience fingers axl, so "THATS IT IM GOING HOME".. im pretty sure YOU wouldn't think he was a great performer if YOU had travelled 1,500miles to go see that concert. Or walking off because some guy was wearing a "Slash" t-shirt. \ Any performer who does this kind of thing has NO RESPECT for their fans, yet all you guys still come on here to defend him to the death... \ LOVE THE MUSIC, NOT THE PEOPLE.

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Go to google, type in "Axl Rose Feuds" there are entire pages devoted to the MANY feuds Axl has started. Also go to youtube, and type in "Axl Freaks Out" and theres clip after clips afer clip of hiim throwinw hissy fits at the crowd for stuff and walking off. There's one clip that has 8 clips in it. This guy is a little spaz. He freaks out at a guy in the crowd wearing a Slash T-shirt. \ Sueing for 20 million?? why?? did he somehow lose money? no, he's mad because his pre-made arrangement to screw over Slash didn't work. I can't believe ANY ADULT would make an arrangement like that, ESPECIALLY when that person in question is the person RESPONIBLE for writing all the music that made you famous. You REALLLY think GnR would've been huge without slash?? Can you picture ANYONE loving GnR for axls voice/antics alone?? NO haha. \ Chinese Democracy must not have sold well. Or maybe Axls lawsuit against The Offspring was thrown out, he tried to sue them for wanting to call their album "Chinese DemocraZy"(which later became called "splinter"). Seriously, axl has been suing people his whole life.. hey he has to pay for botched plastic surgery somehow.. PS: Axl Rose's Reggae Version of Knocking on Heavens Door for the WIN

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I think Axl has run out of cash!

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