Rose vs. Activision…who will win the title?
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Axl Rose[/lastfm] is taking Activision to court over the use of his [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Guns N’ Roses[/lastfm] songs in their Guitar Hero games.
Documents obtained by RadarOnline.com reveal that Rose is suing because he agreed to let the game use the song “Welcome to the Jungle” only if former GNR guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slash[/lastfm] refrained from any participation in the game franchise.
Rose insists that he was promised as recently as August 2007 that Slash and his new band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Velvet Revolver[/lastfm] would not even be in the game.
The court filings note that the packaging for Guitar Hero III features “an animated depiction of Slash, with his signature black top hat, long dark curly hair, dark sunglasses and nose-piercing.” Velvet Revolver is also featured in the game.
“This lawsuit is about protecting Guns N’ Roses and ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ and is about holding Activision accountable for its misuse of these incredibly valuable assets,” said Rose’s lawyer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Skip Miller[/lastfm]. “The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages.”
In addition, Rose also claims that the GNR song “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” was used in an online promotion for Guitar Hero III. It was, however, only being licensed for Guitar Hero II.
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