The Romantics, that 80′s band that most people probably either don’t remember or never knew have filed a federal lawsuit against Activision becuase of a “soundalike recording of its 1980 hit What I Like About You on Guitar Hero,”
The song is one of about 30 songs featured on “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the ’80s.” The band also is seeking an injunction that could take the best-selling game off store shelves – which would be both completely lame and a crime against humanity.
Here’s the part that doesn’t make too much sense – they’re not making a copyright claim. The band’s attorneys told the Detroit Free Press that Activision properly secured permission to use “What I Like About You,” allowing it to record a cover version. So what’s the problem right? They’re saying that “by creating an imitation so much like the Romantics’ original, the California-based company infringed on the group’s rights to its own likeness”.