Axl Rose’s Guitar Hero Lawsuit Moving Forward, Judge Dismisses One Claim

A hearing was held on Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom for the Axl Rose Guitar Hero lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The Guns N' Roses lead singer was featured in Guitar Hero III alongside band member Slash, which agitated Rose to no end. The court hearing delivered mixed results for Rose as he tried to move forward with his $20 million lawsuit against the publisher of the game.

Rose's lawsuit contends that Activision Blizzard "fraudulently induced him" into authorizing "Welcome to the Jungle" for use in the popular game by telling him during the negotiation process that it wouldn't feature any references to Slash. When the game was released, it did in fact feature Slash, who Rose has been having a feud with for years.

Rose claims that he didn't file a lawsuit against the company sooner (the game was released in 2007 and boldly featured his arch nemesis Slash on the front cover) because Activision Blizzard was negotiating with him to settle the issue out of court.

"From December 2007 through November 2010, Activision was offering me a Guns N' Roses dedicated video game, a game dedicated to music from the 'Chinese Democracy' album, and other proposals," he said in his deposition.

Activision's counter-argument is that Rose doesn't own the rights to the song solely – it's owned by GNR Music – and was therefore not authorized to make a decision on his own.

That aside, the judge overseeing the case tossed Rose's fraud claim because the statute of limitations had expired on it. He did allow Rose's breach-of-contract claim to continue. This means that Rose will have his day in court against Activision Blizzard on February 1, 2013.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


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