Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, May 7, 2012

Courtney Love Has Lost Rights To Cobain's Image

Kurt CobainCourtney Love has lost the right to control and manage Kurt Cobain's publicity rights. Ms. Love surrendered those rights when she agreed to step down as acting managing of the business that manages Kurt Cobain's publicity rights. Ms. Love agreed to step down as acting manger because she owed the company that manages her late-husband's affairs, End of Music LLC, $ 2.75 million in loans.

Furthermore, Ms. Love's personal problems have also played a major role in her losing control over her late-husband's estate. In 2009, Ms. Love lost custody of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and representatives from her daughter's trust removed her as the trustee in 2010. Her daughter has now taken control of her father's publicity rights. Furthermore, Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music now has effectively 100% administrative control over Cobain's music. This gives Mr. Mestel the authority to decide how to use Cobain's music. There are some reports that Mr. Mestel also has a 50% stake in the singer's publishing rights. 

Now, Ms. Love has new legal problems to face. Recently, her lawyers have withdrawn from representing her because she owes them attorney's fees. In addition, several companies have brought lawsuits against her alleging that she owes them money for various services that those companies provided her.

See Carmela Kelly, Courtney Love Loses Rights to Kurt's Image, TheFix.com, May 2, 2012.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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