10 Most Absurd Lawsuits In Video Game History

10. The Romantics Vs. Activision


The case: 70s rock group The Romantics, despite giving Activision explicit permission to cover its track 'What I Like About You' in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, decided that suing the publisher over its use was a good idea. The band's argument, if you can even call it that, stipulated that the cover was too similar to The Romantics' original and could cause confusion for its fans.

As any rational human being would do, the band's members sought to have Activision forced into pulling this instalment of Guitar Hero from store shelves.

The outcome: A federal judge in Detroit did what any sane person would do and threw the case out of court, denying The Romantics' request outright. Activision was judged to have legally obtained and used the copyright and the world kept on turning.

Crisis averted.

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