Activision Being Sued by Adam Levine over Band Hero

"Tap on my window, knock on my door I... wanna sue you for all you're worth"

The more we think about it, the more we understand why Activision has moved on from including real celebrities in their Guitar Hero titles, seeing as how they’ve been sued by No Doubt over their appearance in Band Hero, and Courtney Love, over Kurt Cobain’s appearance in Guitar Hero 5, in the past. Activision has even been sued by Axl Rose over an appearance by Slash in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Now, however, Activision appears to have more litigation coming their way, as Adam Levine is now filing a lawsuit against the publishing giant. According to the lawsuit, Levine was unaware that his likeness would be used outside of the game’s sole Maroon 5 song, “She Will Be Loved.” This discrepancy is being called a “breach of contract” by the singer, who recently appeared as a judge on the hit show, The Voice.

It’s somewhat ironic that the one game that spawned two lawsuits, Band Hero, was also the game that took the most precautions with the celebrity likenesses. In order to prevent players having Taylor Swift and Adam Levine singing songs from GWAR and Metallica, Band Hero limited players from selecting celebrities unless they are playing an on-disc song.

So this really begs the question: were Activision’s contracts with these celebrities really that vague, or are these celebrities really this spoiled? It seems strange that more than one of them would sue the company over similar issues, but, at the same time, I could see how once one did it, the floodgates of “me too!” would open.

We know it was the moment that Gwen Stefani saw her likeness singing “Honky Tonk Woman” in Mick Jagger’s voice that made her sue the company, so this leaves us wondering if Levine had a similar moment. I’m going to guess he saw himself singing Papa Roach. That’d push me over the edge too.

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19 Responses to Activision Being Sued by Adam Levine over Band Hero

  1. kitlerc says:

    He’s a bit late to the party…

  2. Pancho says:

    Oh god. Ozzy singing La Bamba scarred me.

  3. Cicabe says:

    It’s like these celebrities had no idea what Guitar Hero was before they signed up to be a part of it. If you don’t know exactly how your character is going to be used in game, don’t get in a hissy fit nearly two years later demanding a lawsuit. Levine should not win this lawsuit, nor should he be allowed to take Activision to court for this.

  4. ricecake says:

    Jimi Hendrix’s estate was able to have Jimi playable only for Jimi songs. I say it’s their fault for not having it specified in their contract if they didn’t want it to happen.

  5. Toad3000 says:

    He may be a little bit late to the party, but he makes a good point. If we see digital images of Adam Levine singing other peoples’ music, we might get confused into thinking he’s a legitimate artist.

  6. The D says:

    No, ozzy is awesome he wouldnt sue nobody.

  7. Leonardo Storti says:

    why do these artists take the game so damn seriously?!

    It’s a freaking game it’s not like your actually singing it, why are they upset about, man I wouldn’t be this pissed off if for example my avatar was singing a song I don’t like or have no relation to do with. Because I know it’s a game and this was gonna happen, I wouldn’t cry like a baby. All he wants is just more money because he knows he sucks and nobody buys his crap, he is desperate

    Adam Levine, didn’t they teach you in school or from your family to always read a paper before signing it? this is your fault not Activision’s, I hope Activision wins and you lose!

    god damn it now the chances for a next GH game are going to be slim, because of assholes like him. This lawsuit would only give Activision another reason not to make anymore GH games

  8. Jeff says:

    I somehow got around that limitation on the celebrities only playing on disc songs. They can play all the downloadable content as well as the song imports. Must be a glitch

  9. Kyle says:

    Haha what a tard, “imma sue you for all your worth” their dead so you probobly wont get much like 5 bucks lol

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