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No Doubt Settle ‘Band Hero’ Lawsuit Against Activision

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Nearly three years after it started, No Doubt‘s legal war against the makers of the ‘Band Hero’ video game has ended with an out-of-court settlement.

The NME reports that papers have been filed to end the case, which was set to go to trial on Oct. 15 — although, as tends to be the case with settlements like this one, details were not divulged regarding payments or admission of wrongdoing.

The last-minute settlement means that the courts will have to wait to weigh in on an element of digital publicity rights and contract law that had promised to be a thorny component of the case. The band initially sued Activision, the studio responsible for ‘Band Hero,’ on the grounds that the game’s ability to “unlock” musicians and place them in other bands’ songs constituted breach of contract.

In particular, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani seemed incensed that players could make her sing the Rolling Stones hit ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ saying that although she was a fan of the band, she didn’t appreciate her avatar “boasting about having sex with prostitutes.” Activision filed a counter-suit, but the court’s rulings in its initial findings looked to favor No Doubt; now that the case has been settled, it’ll be interesting to see how this particular wrinkle of music in the digital age unfolds.

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