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Rudy Giuliani will defend Activision in Manuel Noriega’s ‘Call of Duty’ lawsuit

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posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 07:49 PM

A famous mayor and an infamous dictator are going head to head over a video game.

Rudy Giuliani has signed on as co-council for Activision in its defense of a previously revealed lawsuit by Manuel Noriega, who says the video game publisher unlawfully used his image for monetary gain in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Giuliani's first move was to file a motion to dismiss the suit Monday morning in the Superior Court of the State of California.

"What's astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it's absurd," said Giuliani in a statement. "I'm not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler ... who is demanding money from Activision ... for simply exercising its right to free speech."

Noriega is seeking a share of the profits from Call of Duty: Black Ops II as well as damages, claiming that his depiction in the game was included "to increase the popularity and revenue" of the title. Noriega appeared as both an in-game character and in news clips throughout the game.

The former mayor of New York City doesn't believe Noriega's claim holds water.

"[This sort of case] has been litigated [for] famous people, but never [for] a mass murderer and war criminal," Giuliani said during a conference call. "Baseball players have sued when they were used and lost. Football players sued and they were able to win because in the case of football players, they were the major feature of the video game. You could play them in the video game and they were marketed as part of the video game. And they were shown doing what they do as football players. ... In the Noriega case, you cannot play Noriega. He is a bit player."

In 1988 a notorious dictator named Manuel Noriega was over thrown when the US invaded Panama. As a result he was captured and went to prison. However, there was a video game that uses his likeness and Noriega believed that he has the right to get the share of the profits.

Anyways I find it interesting a dictator gets upset over a video game. However, it wasn't the only time a dictator gets upset over a media portrayal of him. Kim Jong Un in the movie "The Interview" Comes to Mind.

Mods if this was posted already please shut this down. I tried finding it at the search engine but there was no results.

posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 07:53 PM
His case will never hold up. If it was legitimate, South Park would have been sued many times over by now.

posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 07:54 PM
a reply to: Answer

Someone in the comments section of the article mentioned if Noriega won, Hitler's surviving relatives would have gotten rich.........
edit on 22-9-2014 by starwarsisreal because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 22 2014 @ 09:50 PM
a reply to: starwarsisreal

Lol that's funny... Isn't there only 1 left and he's sworn to let the bloodline die?

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