Activision's having a hard time getting rid of pop rockers No Doubt, who are suing the publisher for their portrayal in Band Hero.

Activision sought freedom-of-speech protection under the US First Amendment, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kenji Machida has said no, reported the LA Times. Activision can appeal.

No Doubt, like Courtney Love (on Kurt Cobain's behalf), is unhappy about ability for players to use the band's avatars to sing other pop groups' songs. The members of No Doubt claim they didn't sign up for that.

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