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Frances Bean controls rights to Kurt Cobain's likeness


According to court documents that recently surfaced, Courtney Love apparently has just about no say in the rights to almost everything about her late husband, Kurt Cobain.

The Fix reports that Love's daughter, Frances Bean, has controlled Cobain's likeness since 2010, the year after Love lost custody of her.

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Frances has taken over all the rights to the Cobain name, and Love no longer manages End of Music LLC, the business entity that makes money from his publicity rights. She agreed to step down from it in 2010, when she got a $2.75 million loan from Frances' trust fund, and she won't make any more money from Cobain's name or likeness until she pays it all back.

Meanwhile, Courtney owns about a 60 percent share of a large warehouse full of Kurt's belongings, while Frances has about 40 percent of it. And a guy named Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music owns 100 percent of the administrative rights to Cobain's music, which means Courtney has no say over how that music is used now.

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Courtney, at the very least, is keeping herself busy. That classic-lineup Hole reunion last month was a good sign. And now she's got a gallery show, featuring a bunch of her drawings, showing at the New York gallery Fred Torres Collaborations. It's called "And She's Not Even Pretty," and it'll run through June 15.

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Kurt Was Working on Solo LP
Watch Rare Footage of Kurt-Courtney Duet

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May 26, 2012 1:51PM
May 25, 2012 6:13PM
Is there some way we can BAN Kurt 12-Gauge Cobain from the airwaves? Please?
May 20, 2012 3:03PM
To quote the book The Band that Sold the World, sleeping with Kurt Cobain was worth a million dollars
May 17, 2012 10:28AM
WOW! Just when I think that skank can't stoop any lower, I find out she's dipping into her daughters inheritance. Buy your drugs with your own money, you dried up hag! I guess after Kurt died, you had no one left to bum off of. Sad that your daughter is now the one being taken advantage of. You make me sick. Move to the moon, Im tired of hearing your name and seeing your strung-out a** in the media. I wish Kurt was alive so he could squash you! 
May 17, 2012 10:00AM
Like Sher,Sonny, Courtney would be no one without Kurt.
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