Activision faces lawsuit from Axl Rose

Axl Rose

Axl Rose, the infamous lead singer of rock band Guns N’ Roses, has filed a lawsuit against Activision. He’s accusing the company of fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment among other claims and is seeking $20 million in compensation.

This lawsuit stems from Activision allegedly using the Guns N’ Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle" in Guitar Hero III without permission. Rose allowed them to use it as long as Slash, former guitarist of the band, would not appear in the game. But if you recall a similar looking figure can be seen on the cover and also makes apprearances in the game with "Welcome to the Jungle" playing in the background.

In the legal documents Rose states, "Activision breached the contract when it released GH III which prominently features Slash imagery in direct connection with the use of "Welcome to the Jungle," exploits the prior association between Slash and Guns N’ Roses, promotes Slash’s and VR’s (Velvet Revolver) separate interests and includes VR tracks as available downloads, all of which was and is directly contrary to the contractual obligations of Defendants."

Activision has not yet commented on the matter.




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