Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Guns N Roses: Activision lawsuit docs online

Was telling you yesterday about Axl Rose and Guns N Roses' lawsuit against Activision for $20 million.

(See "Guns N Roses: Axl Rose sues Activision for $20 million" here).

The suit is based on Activision's use of the Guns 'N Roses song, "Welcome to the Jungle," in the video game Guitar Hero III, and the use of images of former GNR guitarist Slash in the game, which Rose claims violates an agreement the publisher made with him.

Now, you can have a look at the whole legal thing as a copy of the court documents filed by Rose's attorneys can be found at here.

When Rose found out that a Slash-like character and Velvet Revolver songs would be included in GH II, he says he immediately rescinded the authorization for "Jungle," but Activision allegedly lied and told him the inclusion was just for the purposes of a trade show. Then GH III came out and its box cover featured "an animated depiction of Slash, with his signature black top hat, long dark curly hair, dark sunglasses and nose-piercing," according to the complaint. In short, the former GNR guitarist was all over GH III, enraging Rose.

Rose also claims that the GNR song "Sweet Child O' Mine" was used in an online promotion for GH III despite being licensed only for GH II. He wants $20 million in damages from sales of the popular 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," Rose lawyer Skip Miller says. “The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages.”

Guns N Roses – Welcome To The Jungle (1987)