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Shocking(ish) New Info On Cobain/Guitar Hero 5 Revealed


As we reported yesterday, Courtney Love has taken issue with Kurt Cobain’s likeness being included in Guitar Hero 5. Commenting on Twitter, she claimed she was going to “sue the shit” out of Activision for their evil deeds. We didn’t want to comment, as we know Love tends to be a bit squiffy at the best of times, though we did say we’d update you.

Thanks to Kotaku, we now have a reply from Activision and – well, it clears things up a little. Just read the statement for yourself:

Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5.

There’s not a huge amount you can add to that, and if Activision are to be believed then it would seem Love hasn’t got a leg to stand on in this one. We didn’t want to say anything, but…

In related news, and also via Kotaku, a joint statement has been released from ex-Nirvana bods Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, stating:

This is a statement regarding Nirvana, Guitar Hero and the likeness of the late Kurt Cobain.

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.

Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl

Which, to be perfectly honest, is a far better way of going about things that to Tweet some barely-legible nonsense about suing everyone in the world.

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