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Courtney Love Loses Rights to Kurt Cobain’s Image

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Courtney Love has been notoriously prickly — especially in the recent past — regarding the way her late husband’s music is used. But thanks to a recent agreement between Love and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, she’ll have less control than ever over Kurt Cobain‘s image.

According to documents obtained by the Fix and reported on by Spinner, the apparently cash-poor Love handed control over to Frances Bean in exchange for a $2.75 million dollar loan from her daughter’s trust fund, agreeing that until the money’s paid back, she will receive no income from the license of Cobain’s likeness.

It’s the latest in a series of setbacks for Love, who already had no control over Cobain’s music, but an apparently necessary step that the Hole founder likely took in order to deal with her growing legal debts. Between battling her eviction from a New York City townhouse to fighting a Twitter defamation lawsuit, she’s been no stranger to the courts — and even for one-half of what might be the most iconic couple of the ’90s, all that legal action doesn’t come cheap.

To continue replenishing her coffers, Love might want to consider getting back to the studio, where she’s been increasingly scarce over the last decade or so — and her recent reunion with the classic Hole lineup could serve as the perfect prelude to a new album from the band.

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