Activision Attacks Ex-Dictator Noriega's 'Absurd' IP Suit

By Kurt Orzeck (September 22, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT) -- Activision Blizzard Inc. on Monday urged a California state judge to toss Manuel Noriega's "absurd" suit alleging the video game manufacturer illegally copied the deposed Panamanian dictator's image and likeness to portray a villainous character in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" without permission.

In a memorandum supporting Activision's special motion to strike Noreiga's complaint under California's anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation statute, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP partner Rudy Giuliani and other counsel for the defendants said neither that law nor the First Amendment allows historical figures to use a publicity claim to censor their alleged depiction in history.

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