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Call of Duty: Manuel Noriega Suing Activision Over Unlawful Exploitation

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There are some bizarre stories which are just too fascinating that you cannot help but laugh. Manuel Noriega, a former Panamanian dictator charged a lawsuit against Activision. Noriega accused the company of unlawfully using his likeness in the famous game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Activision allegedly portrayed the former dictator as the ?culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes?, and Noriega accuses them of ?misuse (of his image), unlawful expoitation and misappropriation for economic gain.?
FYI, Panama has been ruled by Manuel Noriega from 1983 to 1989 with the CIA?a backing, before former U.S. President Ronald Reagan invaded the country and ousted him in 1989 (an invasion that you will be able to play out in Black Ops 2). Noriega has been brought back to the U.S. and was charged with various counts of drug trafficking, money laundering and murder. In 2011, he was extradited back to Panama.

Manuel Noriega is still living in the country he ruled for several years and is now 80. He claims the following in his lawsuit against Acitvision.

?In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by BLACK OPS II, defendants used, without authorization of consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in BLACK OPS II. Defendant?s used of plaintiff?s image and likeness caused damage to plaintiff. Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff?s image and likeness. This caused plaintiff to receive profits they would not have otherwise received.?Defendant?s video game, ?Black Ops II?, features several nonfiction characters including plaintiff, for one purpose: to heighten the realism in its video game, ?Black Ops II?. This translates directly into heightened sales of defendants. Defendants deliberately and systematically misappropriated plaintiff?s likeness to increase revenues and royalties, the expense of plaintiff and without the consent of plaintiff.?

In Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Manuel Noriega, is ?who main characters Mason and Woods first work for and then capture during Black Ops 2?s 1980s storyline. Noriega also helps Raul Menendez, the main villain, evade capture by United States forces.

The former Panamanian dictator now seeks damages from ?lost earnings?, which is a pretty much remarkable state of affairs. Up to now, there has been no response from Acitvision.
Good thing Hitler is no longer about, we bet Rebellion?s so glad.

 

 

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