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Frances Bean controls rights to Kurt Cobain's likeness
May 3, 2012, 2:07 PM EST
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
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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
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