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No Doubt settles lawsuit over 'Band Hero' vid game

By Anthony Mccartney

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 1:50 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this file photo of a video game image released by Activision, a scene is shown from the game, "Band Hero." Court records show the band and “Band Hero” maker Activision Publishing Inc. settled a lawsuit that No Doubt filed in 2009 claiming they never gave permission for players to use their digital likenesses to sing other artists’ songs.

Activision, Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES — 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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