No Doubt's 'Guitar Hero' Suit Moved To Fed. Court

Law360, New York (December 7, 2009, 7:16 PM EST) -- Video game maker Activision Publishing Inc. has fired back at rockers No Doubt, removing the case to federal court and arguing that the band's right of publicity and unfair competition suit is preempted by federal copyright laws.

In its removal petition and answer to No Doubt's state court complaint, both filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Activision contends that the band's likeness is utilized in the hit “Band Hero” video game exactly as permitted by the band in licensing...
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