So it’s not because it’s a cover of their song — it’s because the cover sounds too good?
Romantics band sues ‘Guitar Hero’ publisher – USATODAY.com
Imitation might be flattery, but that doesn’t make the Romantics any happier about it.
The Detroit rock band has sued the publisher of the popular video game Guitar Hero, claiming the game infringes the group’s rights by featuring a sound-alike recording of the hit What I Like About You.
Copyright isn’t the issue for the Romantics. The band’s attorneys said Activision properly secured permission to use the song What I Like About You, which allowed it to record a cover version. But by creating an imitation so much like the Romantics’ original, they said, the company has infringed the group’s right to its own image and likeness.