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RyanBurnsRed
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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:18 PM

 

Manuel Noriega was the dictator of Panama for most of the 1980s, until he was removed from power by way of a U.S. invasion. His villainous exploits landed him a small role in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but his image was used without permission, and that has led to what has to be today's most bizarre lawsuit.

 

 

The Courthouse News Service reports that Noriega has filed a lawsuit against Activision over the "blatant misuse" of his image in Black Ops 2. Amazingly, the suit claims his appearance "caused damage" to Noriega by portraying him "as an antagonist and... as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes." He's depicted "as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state," it adds, noting that at one point in the game the goal is "solely to capture plaintiff."

 

Here's my favorite part:

 

according to lawyer Jas Purewall he may also lack standing to bring the suit in the first place. "In the U.S., individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including videogames," he told the BBC. "But Noriega isn't a U.S. 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."

 

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And I thought the lawsuit Lindsey Lohan brought to Rockstar was hilarious.  

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:26 PM

He may not be a resident, but Noriega has been a 'guest' for quite some time.  Guess he has nothing better to do...


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:10 AM

It's taken him this long to sue? Games been out for almost 2 years at this point.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:19 AM

Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit was pretty retarded. Noriega's got a good point tho. 

 

Anyways, this was the best CoD.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:54 AM

 

It's taken him this long to sue? Games been out for almost 2 years at this point.

 

Well he has been in prison for awhile. 


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:11 AM

He must have played the game. Explains the lawsuit.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit was dumb because Rockstar could have been portraying just about any female celebrity with the parody she sued about. It was a joke about celebrities, not about Lohan. This guy was called out directly for what he did, and Call Of Duty probably tells it from the American point-of-view without any consideration for why he might have did what he did. It sounds like he was used as just another villain, and although he's in a position that he should be able to stand up to scrutiny without trying to sue people, you gotta at least agree that he feel a little shafted here.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:07 PM

He's a c*nt who probably should have caught bullet years ago, but he does have a legal point. This could have been solved had Activision just sought his permission ahead of time.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:10 PM

If I was him I would sue them as well for depicting me in such a sh*tty game.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 03:12 PM

I don't think you can sue a company for accurately reflecting your life. Pretty sure defamation ceases to be defamatory if it's true.
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Posted 17 July 2014 - 03:17 PM

If I was him I would sue them as well for depicting me in such a sh*tty game.

I would do the same too if I was him. Depicting my image on that game is like insulting me indirectly while serving out a 20-year prison sentence.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:13 PM

I don't think you can sue a company for accurately reflecting your life. Pretty sure defamation ceases to be defamatory if it's true.

Pretty much this, plus I believe there is a law, First Amendment, that can protect Activision in this case being they used his likeness and all but respectively created it their own. It's not like they're exploiting his actual name or anything, so in other words, there's really nothing he can do.

 

He'll waste more money in legal fees and court fees than anything.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:23 PM

If I was him I would sue them as well for depicting me in such a sh*tty game.

Very funny, your just jealous of the game's success. No friends to play with, huh?

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 12:07 AM

Well aren't they protected under freedom of expression as GunWrath said above? Also, why would he try to get monetary gain out of it, isn't he in jail for life? What good will a large sum of money do for you in jail?


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:21 AM

Well aren't they protected under freedom of expression as GunWrath said above? Also, why would he try to get monetary gain out of it, isn't he in jail for life? What good will a large sum of money do for you in jail?


Hold off prison rape for another few weeks or so..

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:04 PM

 

If I was him I would sue them as well for depicting me in such a sh*tty game.

Very funny, your just jealous of the game's success. No friends to play with, huh?

 

 

Man, you sure are clingy/obsessive.



OT: I didn't even know Noriega was still alive. I wonder what he's up to. But anyway, it's funny how he's suing on the grounds that the game antagonized him whereas, in reality, he was pretty bad.





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