Ex-Panama Dictator is Suing Activision for Using His Likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Suing publishers for apparent likeness in video games is becoming sort of a trend these days. This makes me wonder, am I the only one who wouldn’t be mad if I get starred in a million-dollar video game franchise?
Just when I thought we were over with Lindsay Lohan suing Rockstar Games for using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V, an ex-dictator pops out of Panama.
This 80-years old retired military man, Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for allegedly using his likeness in the studio’s first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Yes, a two years old game. I mean, where was this man? Hibernating?
Anyway, to refresh your memory, during the single-player mission Suffer with Me, Alex Mason and Frank Woods come across a man Noriega who later betrays them and tries to strike a deal with the game’s antagonist Raul Menedez.
Filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the lawsuit claims that this has been done:
In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops 2, defendants used, without authorization or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in Black Ops 2.
Noriega further added that he was portrayed as a heinous criminal, a brutal murderer and an enemy of the state to increase revenues and royalties.
[This is an attempt to] heighten realism in its video game. This translates directly into heightened sales for defendants. Defendants deliberately and systematically misappropriated plaintiff’s likeness to increase revenues and royalties, at the expense of plaintiff and without the consent of plaintiff.
Activision has yet to comment on it and file its response. What do you think is going to be the outcome?