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Cobain’s daughter controls image rights, not Love

By | Published on Friday 4 May 2012

Kurt Cobain

According to a website called The Fix, control of the name and likeness of Kurt Cobain now sits with his daughter Frances Bean Cobain, and not his widow and her estranged mother Courtney Love.

This is seemingly actually quite old news, though is only surfacing now because The Fix has seen relevant documents. According to the website, in 2010 Love took a $2.75 million loan from her daughter’s trust fund, and as part of that transaction the trust gained control of Cobain’s image rights until the loan is repaid. Love also stood down as a director of the company which controlled those rights. Since Frances Bean turned eighteen in 2010 she has had direct control of much of her trust fund, and, seemingly, that also means control over her late father’s image.

None of this, though, affects the most lucrative of Cobain’s rights, ie the copyrights in his music, that have been controlled and administrated by Primary Wave Music for some time.