Last November, No Doubt sued Activision over their portrayal in Band Hero.
By allowing players to unlock and use the band’s avatars in conjunction with other artists’ songs, Activision “transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act,” their lawsuit claimed. Activision pushed back, saying it “believes it is within its legal rights with respect to the use and portrayal of the band members in the game and that this lawsuit is without merit.”
Now, following the publishing giant’s already rejected attempts to frame the case as a copyright issue and move it to federal court, No Doubt has won another round, the LA Times writes — Activision’s latest tactic to invoke freedom-of-speech protections and have the case dismissed has been shot down by an LA County Superior Court Judge.
Activision is free to appeal the ruling.