Judge throws out Axl Rose's $20 million lawsuit against 'Guitar Hero' game maker

By Ezekiel Hernandez,
Dispute stems from animosity towards former Guns N' Roses members.

A judge in Los Angeles has determined that Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose will not collect any of the $20 million he says ‘Guitar Hero’ game maker Activision owes him.

According to Wired, the decision was made last Thursday after it was determined by Superior Court judge Charles Palmer. He ruled Rose took too long to file the suit, suing the video game maker three years after the alleged breach of contract happened -- one year late of the two-year statute of limitation.

Rose claimed that he gave the game maker permission to use the signature Guns N’ Roses song, “Welcome to the Jungle” in Guitar Hero III only after agreeing to conditions that the game would not feature anything by Velvet Revolver, which has two original "GnR" members.

According to Spin, not only did the game feature several Velvet Revolver songs, but also had guitarist Slash as an avatar for players to use.

Rose tried to explain himself, saying that the reason he didn’t sue the game maker during that time was because the two parties were in talks of developing a Guns N’ Roses themed game, one that featured Rose’s recreation of the band and their release, Chinese Democracy.

As it turned out last week, the explanation was not good enough to keep the case alive.



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