When the imprisoned, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (at 80 years of age) walked into a court room in California, USA, it wasn't for the reasons that people would assume. Noriega believed that he's "portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes" in the game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The company responsible for the game, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) had a similar incident in the past regarding a different character in Black Ops 2. Eugene Volokh, a law professor who writes for the Washington Post, stated that the company may be in trouble as cases like this are treated erratically.
To start, Noriega complained that he's "portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes", in the game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. As a result he's suing ATVI for damages and lost profits. He's asking for the money because he believes that his character improved the game and increased sales. (Damages due to the fact that his character is referred to as a piece of s***, ***hole and an "old pineapple face.") The courts protect a work that use a celebrity's identity but don't make it a clear depiction of the person. However in Black Ops 2 they use an incredibly similar (albeit animated) depiction of Noriega, helping his case.
To follow, ATVI had had similar problems in 2012, when speculations rose that General David Petraeus was in Black Ops 2. The situation never got as far as the current one but was still significant, as it sparked the company to release a statement that indicated he was not paid or even involved in the development of the game. ATVI also said "It is clear to game players that his (Petraeus's) character and others that are based on real-life figures are fantasy." Although, when asked by multiple reporters for a statement about the current affair, they denied their requests.
Eugene Volokh, stated that ATVI may be in trouble as cases like this are treated erratically. He also mentioned that although these cases are unpredictable, "At the very least it sounds like Noriega has a credible claim." Usually both sides of the lawsuit have equal information/proof that counters their adversary's information, but in Noriega's case, he has gained a slight amount in surplus thus earning him the advantage. Although there is one flaw with Noriega's case, that he's not an American citizen. In fact, he's not even imprisoned in the USA but in his home country of Panama.
To conclude, Manuel Noriega is suing Activision Blizzard (ATVI) for being portrayed in the 2012 game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. He's suing the company for damages and lost profits to make up for the portrayal. This wasn't ATVI's first time encountering this sort of problem with Black Ops 2, as speculations that General David Petraeus was featured in the game. Finally, law professor Eugene Volokh thinks that ATVI might be in trouble as Noriega's case may win in court.
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