Nirvana Faces A Lawsuit For Ripping Off A Famous Image But They Implied Kurt Cobain Was The One Who Created It
Nirvana, one of the best-selling bands of all time despite their time that lasted only seven years, now being accused of copying an image that has been used in the band’s merchandise for years. Apparently, the famous image that consists of circles with writings in it is allegedly a rip-off from the drawing of a map of hell from the famous writer Dante’s epic poem ‘Divine Comedy.’
As many of you know, Nirvana is one of the most iconic bands of all time, therefore, the band has countless merchandise from t-shirts to hoodies that include a number of staple Nirvana images such as album covers, pictures of band members, and the name od the band with its legendary writing style.
While everything related to the band seems to be fine when it comes to being original, the smiling face with x eyes that has been one of the most iconic images of Nirvana was the first one to start a problem for the band. The famous designer Marc Jacobs sued the band, claiming that the famous logo actually belongs to him. While the ‘smiley faces’ have an uncanny similarity, the case that has been raging on for a few years, doesn’t seem to come to an end any time soon.
While one allegation about stealing a design was bothering enough, Nirvana is now faced with another accusation of rip-off with its iconic image that involves an eye-like image, consisted of circles that have writings in it with a crescent in the middle.
The granddaughter of the creator, C.W. Scott-Giles, of the original circle of ‘Upper Hell’ which was inspired by Dante’s well-known poem, ‘Divine Comedy,’ Jocelyn Susan Bundy revealed a statement a few days ago alleging that Nirvana has been using her grandfather’s drawing for years on the band’s numerous merchandise.
In a part of the released statement, it is revealed that Nirvana members stated that it was the lead vocalist Kurt Cobain who created the image, however, even it wasn’t the case, the illustration is in public use, therefore, the band can actually use it for any type of merchandise.
Here is what was revealed with the statement:
“Finally, in documents filed in two other copyright actions before this Court, Defendant Nirvana has implied that Kurt Cobain created the Illustration or, in the alternative, that the Illustration is in the public domain in the United States, and that, therefore, Nirvana and its licensees are free to use it without authorization or compensation. Nirvana and some of the other Defendants have maintained this position in their responses to Plaintiff’s continuing requests to cease their wrongful conduct in the U.S. and abroad.”
You can click here to see the source and see the allegedly copied image below.