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No Doubt and Activision settle suit over 'Band Hero' likenesses


The likenesses of No Doubt perform in the background as a player performs on the guitar during "Band Hero".


A virtual Kurt Cobain as he appeared in Guitar Hero III.

In what could be considered an early birthday present for Gwen Stefani, her Top 40 group No Doubt on Monday settled its lawsuit against video game giant Activision.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Orange County band and the Santa Monica game maker reached a settlement weeks before a trial was scheduled to begin regarding the use of the band members' likenesses in the "Band Hero" video game.

The veteran rock/ska/pop group sued Activision for fraud, violation of publicity rights, and breach of contract over the Character Manipulation Feature in the "Guitar Hero" spinoff where players can perform the songs of various artists using Stefani and other band members as their avatar.

No Doubt originally filed the suit in 2009 after the release of "Band Hero" when they learned that players could "unlock" special features of the game that allowed Stefani's avatar to sing along with tunes from other bands, including the Rolling Stones.