Activision Say Love Signed the Rights to Cobain Herself

September 12, 2009 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

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In a statement issued by Activision to Kotaku, they claimed that they had all the appropriate rights to use Kurt Cobain as a playable character in Guitar Hero 5.
This is what the statement said:

“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.”

Just a couple of days ago Courtney Love was seemingly fuming about Cobain being used in the game, threatening to “sue the s**t out of Activision”.

Given Courtney Love’s history I am obliged to believe Activision. I can’t really see that they would have used his likeness without any permission at all. I wouldn’t put it past her just doing it for some attention…