It appears that Courtney Love no longer owns the publicity rights of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. According to documents obtained by The Fix, Kurt’s publicity rights -- including his name, likeness, and appearance -- have been turned over to Love's daughter with Cobain, Frances Bean Cobain.
The Hole frontwoman lost Kurt’s publicity rights because she received a $2.75 million loan from Frances’ trust fund in 2010, a loan she reportedly has yet to repay. Because the loan was funneled through End of Music LLC -- the company that generates revenue from Cobain’s publicity rights -- Love had to leave her position as the company's acting manager due to conflict of interest. In so doing, Love gave Frances final say over any deals brokered by End of Music’s current acting manager, David Byrne, which means Frances Bean now controls publicity rights to her late father.
Though Love currently doesn’t have any control over Kurt’s publicity rights, she'll reportedly be reinstated as acting manager if she decides to repay the loan.
As for who owns the rights to Cobain and Nirvana's music the report claims it's Wave Music CEO Larry Mestel.
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