Manuel Noriega is Suing Activision for Using His Name in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Treyarch Studios’ Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 publisher, Activision, is being sued by Manuel Noriega over using his name and likeness in the game.

Specifically, the dictator is suing over the mission in which Alex Mason and Frank Woods track Noriega to outer Panama City in the level Suffer With Me.

Now in his 80’s, Noriega is currently incarcerated in a Panama prison after jail stints in the US and France for crimes committed during his 1983 -1989 rule. He is suing the Call of Duty maker for “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain” of his image in Black Ops 2.

According to Courthouse News in the lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Noriega’s lawyers stated: “In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops 2, defendants used, without authorization or consent, the image and likeness of plaintiff in Black Ops 2.

“Defendants’ use 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 plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received.”

In addition, Noriega states that the game portrays him as “as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.” Do you see anything wrong with this accusation?

Noriega wants damages for “unjust enrichment, unfair business practices, violation of common-law publicity rights, and lost profits.”

What are your thoughts?

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Source: Courthouse News Service