Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Manuel Noriega Wants To Sue The Makers of Call of Duty

Manuel Noriega, yes that Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator, subject of numerous rap songs, and generally not nice guy is suing Activision (the makers of Call of Duty).  He is unhappy with his depiction in the company's installment of the popular series Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  

In other news, the world we live in is absolutely ridiculous and certainly insane.

Welcome to 2014.

The video game version of Noriega appears in a mission called "Suffer With Me" both as an in-game character, and in news clippings.  Courthouse News Service reports that Noriega, who of course is currently serving a prison sentence for the heinous crimes he committed in his reign as dictator, is suing Activision, one of the biggest game companies in the world, for "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation, and misappropriation for economic gain."

The filing claims that Noriega, the plaintiff in the suit, is portrayed "as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state. An objective of one portion of 'Black Ops II' is solely to capture plaintiff."

In the game, the characters refer to the man as a "piece of shit," "asshole," and "old pineapple face himself, Manuel Noriega."

Harsh...but to be was he.

The lawsuit also claims that Activision's use of Noriega in the game "caused damage" to him and created "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."

"Defendants deliberately and systematically misappropriated plaintiff's likeness to increase revenues and royalties, at the expense of plaintiff and without the consent of plaintiff," the suit continues.

Come on Noriega, did nobody tell you that it is 2014 now?  Nobody plays Black Ops anymore, they all want Kevin Spacey now.

To be fair though, they probably don't keep you up on video games releases in Panamanian prison.

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