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Axl Rose sues Activision to the tune of US$20M

24 Nov 10

According to, Miller Barondess, LLP, has filed a US$20-million law suit against Activision on behalf of Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses for the use of the song 'Welcome to the Jungle' in Guitar Hero III, released back in 2007.

The allegation is that Activision "fraudulently induced" Rose into authorising the song's use in the game. The complainant contends that "Activision understood the extraordinary value Guns N' Roses and 'Welcome to the Jungle' could add to the Guitar Hero platform... [and] began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions".

No further details as to the nature of the "lies and deception" is currently available.

Attorney Skip Miller commented that "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. The relief we are seeking is disgorgement of profits and compensatory and punitive damages."

Rose is not the first musician to attempt legal action against Activision relating to its Guitar Hero titles. Gwen Stefani and her former band No Doubt famously filed a suit against the company just over a year ago for the way in which their likenesses were used in the game Band Hero. Stefani and company's complaint mostly focused on the use of their likenesses in songs "which are not appropriate for No Doubt and would not have been chosen by No Doubt for recordings or public performances".

Similarly, Courtney Love threatened legal action over the use of her late husband Kurt Cobain's likeness in Guitar Hero 5, which she claims she never authorised.

UPDATE - 2.52pm: Kotaku reports that the inclusion of the likeness of former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is behind Rose's legal action against Activision. Reportedly, Rose argues Slash's inclusion violates his agreement with the publisher.