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.


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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 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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