No Doubt settles lawsuit over 'Band Hero' vid game

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 4:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of the band's likenesses in the videogame "Band Hero."

Court records show the Grammy-winning band reached a settlement Monday. The band sued over a feature in the game that allowed players to perform other artists' songs using the likenesses of frontwoman Gwen Stefani and other band members.

Activision Publishing Inc. had denied all wrongdoing. A judge ruled earlier this year that No Doubt could argue fraud, violation of publicity rights and breach of contract claims at a trial scheduled Oct. 15.

The band's 2009 lawsuit claimed the game turned it "into a virtual karaoke circus act."

The band's attorney, Bert Deixler, declined comment and an attorney for Activision did not return a phone message.

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