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For a former political figure who played a role in the history of a country, knowing that his or her likeness is in a movie or other medium can give the person a great feeling, unless of course, one has done a real bad thing. In the case of an ex-dictator in Central America, he’s not happy with his digital self on a video game.
The former dictator of Panama, Mr. Manuel Noriega, is suing game developer Activision for including his likeness in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
According to his representative at Girardi & Keese, Noriega is seeking damages for “unjust enrichment, unfair business practices, and violation of common-law publicity rights.”
What makes the Noriega case very different from the Lindsay Lohan vs Take-Two Interactive is that Mr. Noriega himself is not an American citizen or resident. This case seems weak especially because of the actions he did to become a dictator; he was ousted by the U.S. Army in 1989 during the Reagan presidency.
Q: Will Noriega be successful in this very unusual case?
[Source]: BBC: Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty [http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28326670] via Court House News: Noriega Sues Over His Image in ‘Call of Duty’ [http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/07/15/69523.htm].