Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Nov 26, 2007

Romantics sue Activision over cover song in Guitar Hero 80’s


I don’t know if you ever played the Guitar Hero 80’s expansion for the PS2, but apparently it may end up costing Activision a hefty chunk of change.

No, there’s no class action lawsuit against them for releasing a sub-par game for an outrageous price (wouldn’t it be great if you could do that?). Rather, they are being sued by the Romantics, which had their song ‘What I like About You’ featured in the game. Activision secured the rights to include a cover of the song in that game, what they didn’t realize is their cover band was too good at their job.

The Romantics are now suing Activision because their cover sounds too much like the original, and people might get confused. Really guys, what is there to be confused about? It specifically states that the song was “Made famous by the Romantics.” I doubt this would hurt album sales for the washed-up one-hit wonders, as anyone that liked the song enough to purchase it would still be buying their album.


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