Vi har før set eksempler på at berømtheder sagsøger spilproducer, men denne her slår dem alle. Couthouse News kunne i sidste uge fortælle, at den tidligere diktator i Panama (1983 – 1989) nu har sagsøgt Activision over ligheden af en figur, som optræder i Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Den nu 80-årige Noriega afsoner for øjeblikket en dom på 20 års fængsel i Panama, efter at være blevet udleveret af Frankrig i 2011, hvor han var i “eksil”. Noriega mener at Activision fremstiller ham som “en kidnapper, morder og fjende af staten” i Black Ops II, hvilket nok ikke var helt ved siden af. Noriega blev afsat af USA, da de invaderede Panama i 1989, da udsigten til at miste kontrollen over Panama-kanalen blev lidt for meget for amerikanerne. Vi har inkluderet et uddrag af dokumenterne som er kommet Coutside News i hænde. Du kan også læse mere hos bl.a. GamesIndustry.biz og BBC.

In his lawsuit in Superior Court, Noriega claims: “In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by BLACK OPS II, defendants used, without authorization or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in BLACK OPS II.

“Defendants’ use of plaintiff’s image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff. Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff’s image and likeness. This caused plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received.”

Noriega claims the video game portrays him “as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state. An objective of one portion of ‘Black Ops II’ is solely to capture plaintiff.”

The 13-page lawsuit continues: “Defendants’ video game, ‘Black Ops II,’ features several nonfiction characters, including plaintiff, for one purpose: to heighten realism in its video game, ‘Black Ops II.’ This translates directly into heightened sales for defendants.

“Defendants deliberately and systematically misappropriated plaintiff’s likeness to increase revenues and royalties, at the expense of plaintiff and without the consent of plaintiff.”

Noriega, who is represented by Thomas Girardi with Girardi & Keese, seeks damages for unjust enrichment, unfair business practices, and violation of common-law publicity rights.

4 KOMMENTARER

  1. Aha, USA gjorde det for landet/folket, ikkun pga. den der ligegyldige kanal?

    Takker for info:-D

    Imponerende at middelmådige samlebåndsspil, kan resonere så voldsomt.. ..som i, hvem FA’EN gør f.eks manden opmærksom på lige dette??

    (at lægge sag an – ALTID!)