10 Gaming Moments That Led To Massive Lawsuits

10. Manuel Noriega Vs. Activision


No, you don't have something crazy in your eyes. In 2014 Manuel Noriega - yes, THAT Manuel Noriega - sued Call of Duty publisher Activision for using his name and likeness in Call Of Duty: Black Ops II.

For those who don't know, Manuel Noriega was the dictator of Panama from 1983 - 1989 and a willing CIA asset. He quickly turned to drug trafficking and other crimes to further consolidate his power, until he lost U.S. support and was captured, tried and convicted.

He appears briefly in Black Ops II as a temporary ally to the player.

Noriega sued Activision for violating his Right of Publicity, a law that prevents using someone else's name or likeness for commercial purposes. Noriega sought an undisclosed amount of damages in the form of lost profit from the game's sales.

The suit was dismissed, as depicting real people in fiction is protected under the First Amendment. It would be different if Activision had prominently featured him in the advertising of the game, as that would be in the express interest of generating profit from his notoriety.

And that's the story of one of the world's most infamous dictators suing a video game in civil court.

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