An Axl to Grind

Video Game Law Blog

December 07, 2010

It has been reported that Axl Rose, frontman for Guns N' Roses, has filed a lawsuit against Activision for having failed to respect its covenant not to feature a former band mate in the game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Rose reportedly alleges that it had been agreed, as a condition to the use of the song "Welcome to the Jungle", that no imagery of Saul Hudson (a.k.a. "Slash") would be included in the game. However, it has been reported that the game's creators included a character styled after Slash, with distinctive features such as dark glasses, a top hat and dark curly hair. The lawsuit, in which Rose claims $20 million US in damages, reportedly includes allegations of fraud, breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.

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