The Romantics Vs. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s

This summer Guitar Hero rocked the ’80s, eliciting raves from fake-fret fanboys alongside workmanlike sessions of procrastination around the nation. But if you were waiting for some post-holiday sales before buying your copy, you might wanna scrap that plan and pick it up ASAP, ’cause the Romantics are looking for a temporary injunction

According to an AP report, the band, whose “What I Like About You” appears in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s’ “Return Of The Shred” section, have filed suit against game maker Activision Inc., claiming GH infringes upon their Romantic rights by containing a soundalike version of the band’s Budweiser-soaked jam. They’re seeking unspecified damages, and an injunction to remove the game from store shelves.

Before the IP attorneys in the house have a conniption, know that copyrights aren’t at issue; as they did for each of the other 30 some odd songs on the tracklist, Activision secured permission to record a cover of the tune for the game. Rather, “they say by creating an imitation so much like the Romantics’ original, the California-based company infringed on the group’s rights to its own likeness.”

Exhibits A and B after the jump.


Exhibit A: “What I Like About You” – The Romantics

Exhibit B: “What I Like About You” – The Guitar Hero Houseband

Not gonna argue, those renditions do sound awfully similar. Confusingly similar, even, aside from the video game version’s STAR POWER READY! neck slides and crowd cheers and the fact that it’s being played by a massive manga beefcake. Maybe just tweak the vocal next time, Hero? That oughta keep those hopeless Romantics off yr back.