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He has suffered “lifelong damages” and his legal guardians never signed a release authorizing the use of any images or of his likeness.
Hilarious considering his tattoos of the band - let alone the fact he recreated the cover in 2016
In an interview with Milanote, Robert Fischer, the designer behind the Nevermind cover, said both he and Cobain had anticipated there could be controversy, and even prepared a version of the artwork with Elden's genitals blurred out.
Cobain countered this with a suggestion to "alleviate the problem" with a custom sticker to cover the area that would read: "If you're offended by this, you must be a closet paedophile," according to an interview he gave to Hot Metal in 1991.
Elden's lawsuit reportedly mentions Cobain's quote directly, noting the album was released without any such sticker. The 30-year-old artist is seeking at least US$150,000 each from all the parties listed on the suit, including surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, along with Cobain's estate.
Such an obvious, desperate cash grab - but what's really sad is it's such an incrediblly stupid insult to his OWN legacy. "I'm the guy on the Nirvana cover" will go from free beer for life to a punch in the face every time he mentions it now.
I'd be countering with - "dude your cocks just not worth a million dollars - but you can keep the one on the cover" - which, come to think of it, since the serial number can be made out - would probably be worth a good chunk of a million dollars if you owned it.
The Milanote piece is a really great piece too by the way if you've never read it.
I'd say his case is a but fucked when there are interviews from his teens still on the net saying "life is good".
Found the law suit:
The "permanent harm" suffered by Elden includes "extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment and loss of enjoyment of life."
What a total c#$%
Well there... I guess my opinion is now clearly stated 🤣