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Submitted by JamieReleases 500d ago | news

Manuel Noriega genuinely suing Activision over "unlawful exploitation" in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

There are some stories which are just so bizarre and fascinating that you can't help but laugh. Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has launched a lawsuit against Activision accusing them of unlawfully using his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Noriega says Activision portrayed him as the "culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes", and accuses them of "misuse (of his image), unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain". (3DS, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Industry, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

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Codewow  +   500d ago
Oh brother.. Greedy people trying to gets chunk of the money... I guess I'll sue Ubisoft for having a character of me rendered from my Facebook profile into the game on Watch_Dogs.
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Xof  +   500d ago | Helpful
If you don't know who Manuel Noriega is, at least read the article.

Noriega was one of those South American dictators from back in the day. He's got his own heinous crimes to own up to, without being saddled with fictitious ones. Hell, that was literally in the very first sentence of the article.

That said, I think being a public figure pretty much means he no longer has control over his "image." If so, things like political cartoons/caricatures wouldn't exist.
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Codewow  +   500d ago
I didn't agree to anything for Watch_Dogs, my profile was linked to my friends game, not mine. He used his info for himself and I showed up in the world too.
JBnator  +   500d ago
Well, actually Noriega was born in Panama (Central America) and as a Panamanian I'm glad this asshole is rotting in jail.
Dgats  +   500d ago
Well.....Noriega was actually a North American dictator.....not South American. Panama is the southern most country in the continent of North America. Central America is not recognized as a continent.
Dirtnapstor  +   500d ago
@ Dgats
Really? Have you been subject to the new Common Core? Central America has always been noted as Central America. He was not a NA dictator...that title is reserved for those in Washington who are trying to undermine our United States.
Dgats  +   499d ago
@ dirtnapstor
Re-read what I wrote. All I said is that Central America is not a never has been, though your common core comment is quite funny. Central America is a region within North America. So yes Noreiga was technically a North American dictator. What I don't find funny is the comparison of elected Washington officials to this dictator. I don't always love Washington politics, but I will take them everyday of the week over the fear and violence that Noriega used to gain and keep power. If you are American, be proud that our system of government generally works....provides for the common defense and the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
Summons75  +   500d ago
Difference between you have him is his life (although evil and horrible of an existence as it was) was an actual dictator. You AGREED to allow Ubisoft to put your facebook profile onto Watchdogs...

Anyway, why does he suddenly care about this now when 2 Call of Duty games will be out by the time (if it does actually) go to court? Seriously, cry moar!
ATi_Elite  +   500d ago

Manuel should keep a low profile before the U.S.A. decides to send another Spec-Ops team to Panama and this time I'm sure they will "GO LOUD" and take NO PRISONERS!

Or a Predator Drone might do a fly-bye and it's bye bye bye Noriega!
LightofDarkness  +   500d ago
You seem awfully excited by this prospect and it disturbs me.
Arkamenitas  +   500d ago
america at it's finest. and no, that isn't a compliment
OrangePowerz  +   500d ago
The irony of Noriega complaining about unlawful behaviour.

Do historic figures fall into the same category when used for historic reasons as using the likeness of a celebrity?
DualWielding  +   500d ago
I guess it depends where he is suing, in the U.S. there is a law that says you cannot profit from your own crimes so criminals don't have rights to make money when their likeness is used in movies and stuff
KonsoruMasuta  +   500d ago
It depends.

He technically isn't suing because they portrayed him in the game, he is suing because of how they portrayed him in the game. Basically, he wants to sue because the game portrayed him as a bad person. The fact that he was portrayed isn't the important part of the claim, it's how they did it.

You may think I'm splitting hairs but this is what a decent attorney would say to get around that law. Some judges will actually allow this.

They'll try to make it seem like he is trying to protect his image instead of trying to profit from the his portrayal.

I think it's BS and this guy ruined his own image. If he was worried about how people would portray him, he shouldn't have done the things he did.
yazter  +   500d ago
Ghoul  +   500d ago
"Do historic figures fall into the same category when used for historic reasons as using the likeness of a celebrity?"

dunno but the only way to picture a reallife person in a creative way is through satire or humor, if you go into a realistic storytelling it get difficult.

It has to be obvious that your "world" or story is fictional,if not you will get into trouble.

you cant use "random politician, artist, public person" into a realistic consense and make him do thing the realworl person doesnt feel comfortable with.

Even if he was/is a criminal he should be alowed to use the same laws as everyone else and also have the same rights. everything else wouldnt be the democracy i hope we all believe in.
Arkamenitas  +   500d ago
i would imagine the historic examples being dead is a factor
Menkyo  +   500d ago
good luck with that.
King_of_Nothing  +   500d ago
This is highly unlikely to go anywhere. There are laws against exploiting someones name or likeness without permission, but this situation likely doesnt fit the bill. Its also unlikely Noriega would meet his burden of proof for the required elements of an exploitation of name or likeness action.

There are first amendment protections for creative works. In other words, the First Amendment ordinarily protects you if you use someone's name or likeness to create something new that is recognizably your own, rather than something that just evokes and blatantly exploits the person's identity.

But hey, good luck with the law suit. Might as well give it a shot before the statute of limitations is up, right?
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Ghoul  +   500d ago
"statute of limitations"

in a weird way this got me thinking, its funny but at the sametime ... true
Vipre77  +   500d ago
As dumb as it sounds, I actually agree with old Manuel here. I guess they figured it does fall under the public/political figure for purposes of parody or satire? I don't see any parody or satire going on in these games, so that would be a pretty thin argument, I think. All I see are false representations of him, or at least his likeness, doing things he never did and it amounts to little more than defamation. Noriega doesn't need any help with defaming his character. Developers have done the same for other public political figures, too, like Abe Lincoln, Napoleon, etc., in other games such as Civilization and many others. Didn't the old NBA Jamz games have some presidents in there too? At least NBA Jamz has a legitimate parody claim.
Enigma_2099  +   500d ago
Someone's suing Activision...

... but look who it is.
MotherLight  +   500d ago
I think I am more worried at the fact he had the CIA helping him keep rule over Panama. That is far more disturbing.
imXify  +   500d ago
He needs some extra retirement money.
SnakePlissken  +   499d ago
Greasy dirtbag!

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