Activision has responded to former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against them by labelling the action as “an attack on freedom of speech.”
The case began when Noriega’s lawyers filed a lawsuit against Activision back in July, over what they claim was the “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain” of his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. For more information read Jenna’s article here.
Rudy Giuliani – the former mayor of New York City and US Supreme Court attorney – has been hired by Activision to represent the publisher in the case. “America’s Mayor”, as he has been known, launched his first barrage of verbal missiles in the legal battle between Activision and Manuel Noriega by arguing that if Noriega’s lawsuit is successful it would create a new form of censorship, allowing public figures to prevent the use of their likeness in fiction and parody. A devastating blow to the American right to freedom of speech.
“Manuel Noriega had no more than an inconsequential appearance in Call of Duty and isn’t entitled to anything for his role as a brutal dictator,” Giuliani wrote in his first official statement on behalf of the publisher. “If successful, this case would obliterate the entire genre of historical fiction. I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of being back in court to defend the makers of Call of Duty against this convicted murderer who wants to make a mockery of the U.S. legal system and attack our right to free speech.”
Activision has said that they plan to move to have the lawsuit dismissed.