Former Dictator Sues Activision over Call of Duty...
...and not for the blatantly poor storytelling and shoddy gameplay either. This is the latest in a line of frivolous lawsuits to bring joy to the lives of gamers worldwide.
Manuel Noriega, formerly the dictator of Panama, has filed a lawsuit against Activision over the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, citing that “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 [which has] 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."
This isn’t the first time Activision has come under a similar lawsuit, as the company previously reached an out-of-court settlement with the band No Doubt regarding Gwen Stefani’s likeness in Band Hero. This is, however, the first time a non-US citizen - i.e. someone not protected by the US laws relevant to the situation - has attempted this. We’ll be watching to see how the situation resolves.