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Ex-Despot Noriega Says 'Call of Duty' Misused His Image

Law360, New York (July 16, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT) -- Deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega on Tuesday sued “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” video game manufacturer Activision Blizzard Inc. in California court for illegally copying his image and likeness to portray a villainous character in the game without permission.  

Noriega — who ruled Panama as a military dictator in the 1980s, during which time he was famously a paid informant of the CIA — alleged that Activision exploited his image for economic gain by using it to increase the popularity and revenue generated by the game.

“Defendants' unauthorized and unlawful use of [Noriega's] name and likeness was willful, intentional and...

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