Courtney Love Loses Rights To Kurt Cobain Image

Several news outlets have this morning been reporting that Courtney Love is no longer in charge of Kurt Cobain's image or publicity.

Courtney Love Loses Rights To Kurt Cobain Image
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Several news outlets have this morning been reporting that Courtney Love is no longer in charge of Kurt Cobain's image or publicity, reportedly after being loaned a substantial sum from her daughter's trust fund in exchange for the rights. Documents obtained by The Fix have suggested that Love stepped down as acting manager of End of Music LLC (which Spinner notes is the business that generates funds from Cobain's intellectual property) back in 2010 in exchange for $2.75 million from Frances Bean Cobain. Until that loan is repayed, Courtney can earn no money from Kurt Cobain's name or likeness. Nor does she have any control over his music, which is 100% controlled by Primary Wave's Larry Mestel. According to Gigwise, the documents also reveal that Love's threat to sue the makers of "Guitar Hero" over the use of her former husband's likeness back in 2009 could never have materialised. Love signed off on the use of a Cobain avatar in "Guitar Hero 5", making the Nirvana frontman's appearance in the game perfectly legal. It has been suggested that Love required the loan in order to pay for her mounting legal debts. Love's laywers have reportedly been attempting to cut ties with her after a period of non-contact from the singer. Courtney had hired the firm Pryor Cashman to defend her when her former lawyer, Rhonda Holmes, said Love defamed her on Twitter. Last month saw Courtney Love reform with the classic 1990s line-up of her band Hole for a two song performance in New York City. The show was at the afterparty for "Hit So Hard", a documentary about former Hole drummer Patti Schemel and featured Love performing the tracks "Violet" and "Over The Edge" alongside Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur and Eric Erlandson.

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    Lapidus
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: Maybe we won't have to hear about her anymore on here or anywhere.
    Unless you pay her a few million bucks to buy "her rights to talk" she won't shut her trap I'm afraid
    Jesus_Dean
    What a train wreck...married to a man who made rock history, a beautiful child, then the rights to that dude's image (a gold mine!) only to lose it all by being retarded. Can you hear it.....that strange, high-pitched whirring noise...? That's the sound of Kurt spinning in his grave.
    NRFT09
    Finally Courtney love news that doesn't make me wanna punch my computer screen lol
    barrymiles
    so because she loaned the money from her daughter, does Francis now control the rights to the image? she seems to have more of a head on her shoulders than her mother, and by head I mean cocaine, and by more I mean lack thereof.
    kdcisgod
    i don't care if you're tired of reading articles on here about Kurt and Nirvana, this is justice at last
    HARTATTACK69
    I've only had a few times to use this. Bin Ladins Death and when that girl said yes to prom
    pwrmax
    Eillak wrote: Come on guys, this isn't really a good thing, now who's going to defend against the Cobain hologram?
    Dave Grohl
    milliorn
    I hope tomorrows headline reads "Bitch od's and spontaneously combusts".
    Thumper!
    "Last month saw Courtney Love reform with the classic 1990s line-up of her band Hole" There's nothing "classic" about a crappy b rated trend following band.
    Shread_6009
    grunger549 wrote: To all the people who think it's funny to tear her apart: have any of you had your spouse commit suicide leaving you to take care of an infant while being addicted to drugs? I don't like her either but ripping her apart because she is a miserable, aging drug addict makes you worse than her.
    Her situation rationalizes her behavior, but does not forgive it. After over 15 years of people trying to get her help, take her child away several times (until the daughter was old enough to leave her herself) and even give her all the money she needs to take care of said child as a single parent, maybe our compassion and empathy gets stretched.
    OUhockey10
    I have never seen something get voted 70 times on this site and still have a perfect 10 average
    ne14t
    Until that loan is repayed, Courtney can earn no money from Kurt Cobains name or likeness. Nor does she have any control over his music, which is 100% controlled by Primary Waves Larry Mestel. So Francis wont be in control of anything at the moment; however if her mother defaults on the loan, which we all know she will at the point when Francis would get the trust fund (maybe 21?) she would probably get control of all the likeness to her Father.
    Family Reunion
    Sweet, now all she can do is talk, and not make dumb decisions about his image, Kurt can finally RIP and rip he shall
    dakielster
    sickassfoo wrote: its so disgusting to see others profit off the name and image of someone
    Welcome to earth
    Yroxz
    courtney love is so annoying, she lives off kurt, she acts like she owns everything he ever did, like shouldn't Dave Grohl or Kris Novoselic get a say in the rights to the music, or even his daughter
    tdragon316
    Dave buy the damn rights now and drive the withdrawal stake through this bitches heart already....
    Zanos7
    Lapidus wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: Maybe we won't have to hear about her anymore on here or anywhere. Unless you pay her a few million bucks to buy "her rights to talk" she won't shut her trap I'm afraid
    I think everyone on UG should chip in and buy her right to talk! Bliss!
    Superperfex
    Without the rights to Kurt's publicity, she will disappear for good. Farewell, succubuss.
    Reagar
    Without reading the article or any comments, just the title: YES!
    Maestro1600
    Best thing about this article was a mention of Melissa Auf Der Maur. She's lovely...
    iommi600
    This is SERIOUSLY great news. And no, I'm not being ironic. At all. This bitch would not let Cobain rest in peace, for shit.