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No Doubt have gained the right for their lawsuit filed against a video game maker to go to trial.

The group fronted by Gwen Stefani, 42, was happy to hear that their complaint against Activision for allegedly exceeding group members' contractual likenesses in Band Hero is going to court.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona See denied the Santa Monica, California-based company's petition to throw out the case which means the sides should appear in front of jury later this year.

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First 5-Day Sales Of Video Game $775 Million


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Nothing in films -- not even Avatar -- nothing in television -- not even the Super Bowl -- has earned as much money so quickly as Activision's latest Call of Duty video game, which has grossed more than $775 million after five days at retailers. And while The Game, which has an MSRP of $60 costs a lot more money than many other entertainment products, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says that customers are getting a bargain. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal 's AllThingsD.com, Kotick said, "I don't think we have empirical evidence to support this, but the cost per hour is a lot lower than any form of entertainment. ... In this difficult economy, you are getting a great value." He noted that The Call of Duty franchise has earned more than $6 billion in revenue since it was originally developed.

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Video Game Boasts Biggest Opening Day Sales In Entertainment History


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Forget the opening day sales record of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 , which earned $91 million last July 15 and went on to earn $381 million domestically. A video game, Activision Blizzard's "Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3," raked in $400 million from sales in the U.S. and the U.K. within 24 hours after it was launched last Tuesday, according to Charttrack. In a statement Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said, "We believe the launch of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories."

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Vivendi Sells Its Last Stake In Universal


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French conglomerate Vivendi is now out of the Hollywood studio business. In 2004, it sold 80 percent of Universal Studios and its cable networks, including USA and what is now SyFy, to NBC for $14 billion. On Wednesday it completed its sale of the remaining 20 percent of The Company for $5.8 billion, allowing NBC Universal to conclude its deal with Comcast on Friday. In a statement, Vivendi chief Jean-Bernard Levy wished the "parties well in their new venture" and noted that "Vivendi now has control of all its assets." They include the Canal Plus pay-TV channels in Europe; the Canal Plus film studio in Paris; StudioCanal, which co-finances movies with many American production companies and owns the world's third largest film library; the U.S. record company Universal Music Group; and the U.S. videogame company Activision Blizzard.

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Axl Rose Launches Lawsuit Against 'Guitar Hero Iii'


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Axl Rose is suing a computer games company for $20 million.

The GUNS N' ROSES singer has launched legal action against Activision Blizzard Inc. for including the band's song 'Welcome to the Jungle' in the video game 'Guitar Hero III', claiming they are in breach of a deal he negotiated not to include any imagery of ex-guitarist Slash in the game.

The complaint - filed by law firm Miller Barondess on behalf of the star - claims Activision had promised there would be no reference to Slash or his subsequent band Velvet Revolver (VR) in the game, but when it was released, a computerised image of the star was on the cover of the box, and he was a very prominent character in the game.

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Star Trek To Continue Boldly Going


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The future of the immensely successful STAR TREK series of films has been resolved after a serious legal spat threatened to shelve any more intergalactic adventures.

Brand owner VIACOM and computer games firm Activision have been locked in a legal battle since Activision launched a lawsuit against the film company, accusing them of letting the franchise "stagnate".

Viacom has hit back denying Activision's claims, and confirming there will certainly be more cinematic outings for the hugely popular inter-stellar crusaders.

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Star Trek Makers Sued By Video Game Company


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Video game-maker Activision is suing VIACOM, claiming the media giant allowed the Star Trek franchise "to stagnate and decay".

Activision says its $20 million (GBP12.5 million)-plus exclusive Star Trek video game licensing agreement signed in 1998 has lost value because Viacom and its PARAMOUNT studio put the Star Trek universe "on ice".

Only one film, last year's (02) STAR TREK: NEMESIS, has been released since the agreement began, compared with four films released during the 1990s.

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