‘Dismay’ Over Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero Character
Courtney Love is threatening to sue over the use of a Kurt Cobain character in Guitar Hero 5.
Writing on her Twitter page, Cobain’s widow says, somewhat nonsensically: “For the record this Guitar Hero shit is breach of contract on a Bullys part, and there will be a proper addressing of this and retraction. We are going to sue the shit out of Activision we being the Trust the Estate the LLC the various LLCs Cobain Enterprises.”
However Activision, who manufacture the game, claim to have written permission from Love.
Adding to the controversy, former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have issued an official statement denouncing the use of a Cobain character in the game:
“We want people to know that we are dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game. The name and likeness of Kurt Cobain are the sole property of his estate; we have no control whatsoever in that area.
“While we were aware of Kurt’s image being used with two Nirvana songs, we didn’t know players have the ability to unlock the character. This feature allows the character to be used with any kind of song the player wants. We urge Activision to do the right thing in ‘re-locking’ Kurt’s character so that this won’t continue in the future.
“It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. Kurt Cobain wrote songs that hold a lot of meaning to people all over the world. We feel he deserves better.”
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