Video Game Cases May Break New Right-Of-Publicity Ground

Law360, New York (August 1, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT) -- A lawsuit filed in California Superior Court has taken video game right-of-publicity cases beyond college athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Former Central American despot Manuel Noriega, from his prison cell in Panama, is suing Blizzard/Activision over Activision's portrayal of Noriega in its highly successful game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."

Manuel Noriega ruled Panama in the 1980s as a military dictator, and has been in prison in the United States, France, and Panama since 1992 for drug smuggling, money laundering and the murder of political opponents. "Black Ops II," released in 2012, is the latest installment in Activision's military first-person shooter...

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