Axl Rose Sues Activision For $20M Because Guitar Hero Shows Former GNR Guitarist Slash

from the that's-some-mighty-impressive-hatred dept

How much does Guns ‘N Roses singer Axl Rose hate former guitarist Slash? So much that he’s suing Activision for $20 million because Activision included a virtual version of Slash in the latest version of Guitar Hero, despite claimed promises not to do so. While the likelihood of success may depend on contract specifics, it does seem rather silly to care about this. The claim that “This lawsuit is about protecting Guns N? Roses,” is obviously bogus. There is nothing about “protecting” involved here.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Activision used Slash along with the GNR song Welcome to the Jungle to promote Guitar Hero. Axl is a jerk but this could be an actual trademark confusion issue.

Let’s say Burger King put out a commercial of Ronald McDonald singing about how the new Whopper came with two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Wouldn’t McDonald’s have the right to be a little upset?

I’d like to see the actual lawsuit.

kid mercury (profile) says:

not sure why you think the statement that the claim is about protecting GNR is bogus. for better or worse, axl is trying to re-brand GNR (as evidenced by the new lineup and new style guide to their merchandise/artwork); ongoing association with slash in new product releases could be seen as hindering re-branding efforts.

also, +1 to comment #11 by anonymous coward.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Except, of course, that Axel doesn’t own the copyright to “Welcome to the Jungle”. It belongs to Universal Music Publishing Group. And last time that I checked (which was a minute ago), Slash has songwriting credit on the song, along with the rest of the band. Put that up against Axel’s alleged verbal assurance that he wouldn’t be on it, and Rose is the one without a leg to stand on. Hope he breaks something when he falls…

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