Adam Levine of Maroon 5 Sues Activision over Band Hero; Internet says “Who’s that?”
Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine is the latest artist taking Activision to court over alleged contract breaches regarding his appearance in Band Hero.
According to a post on GamesIndustry, Levine alleges that he never consented to have his likeness used to sing other band’s songs in the game, for which he also provided motion capture of his performance. No Doubt filed a similar suit in April of 2010, saying that Activision had turned the band into “virtual karaoke players.” Levine also accuses Activision of paying him less than other artists featured on Band Hero. I would bet that this happened because he’s in Maroon 5. And Maroon 5 sucks. But anyway.
Folks may remember that, back in 2009, Courtney Love infamously Tweeted her anger at her late-husband Kurt Cobain’s avatar being used in similar ways in Guitar Hero 5, though I believe she only threatened to sue the company…I did a little Googling and haven’t found any stories that she actually went through with the lawsuit. I’ll leave a little wiggle room in there in case the papers were filed and I never saw it—suffice it to say, Activision’s pissed off a bunch of musicians with their games, and this is the latest example.
The GamesIndustry article writes that Levine is “seeking damages for breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, violation of the common-law right of publicity, and unfair business acts or practices.”
So, BAM. And now you’ve heard of Adam Levine. May we never hear of him again.