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#1 COKid

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:38

Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, is suing Call of Duty's video games publisher.

 

The ex-military ruler is seeking lost profits and damages after a character based on him featured in Activision's 2012 title Black Ops II.

 

The 80-year-old is currently serving a jail sentence in Panama for crimes committed during his time in power, including the murder of critics.

 

One lawyer said this was the latest in a growing trend of such lawsuits.

 

"In the US, individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," explained Jas Purewal, an interactive entertainment lawyer.

 

"There's also been a very well-known action by a whole series of college athletes against Electronic Arts, and the American band No Doubt took action against Activision over this issue among other cases.

 

"It all focuses upon the American legal ability for an individual to be only depicted with their permission, which in practice means payment of a fee.

 

"But Noriega isn't a US citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision."

 

Source and more: http://www.bbc.com/n...nology-28326670

 

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#2 trag3dy

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:41

I didn't know jails in Panama were part of the US. Good to know, I guess.