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Activision hits back over No Doubt controversy

Publisher claims use of band is legal

Publisher Activision have hit back over the controversy sparked this morning, when lawyers representing rock group No Doubt confirmed that the band will be suing Activision over their role in music title Band Hero.

No Doubt believe the game portrayed them as a "karaoke circus act", the group cross their likenesses can been seen playing the works of other bands. It is the same issue that riled Kurt Cobain widow Courtney Love, in fact.

For their part, Activision claim they have all the necessary agreements signed:

"Some of the world's most popular and iconic artists have been featured in Guitar Hero as playable characters, and we are proud to count No Doubt among them. Activision has a written agreement to use No Doubt in Band Hero - an agreement signed by No Doubt after extensive negotiations with its representatives, who collectively have decades of experience in the entertainment industry," reads word from the game maker.

"Pursuant to that agreement, Activision worked with No Doubt and the band's management in developing Band Hero. As a result, Activision 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. Activision is exploring its own legal options with respect to No Doubt's obligations under the agreement."

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