Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Baby Album Cover Lawsuit Refiled Under Child Pornography Laws

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Spencer Elden, the man whose baby picture was used on the album cover for Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” has refiled a lawsuit alleging the cover image was taken and used without his consent and the nudity amounts to child pornography. A judge dismissed the lawsuit on Jan. 3 due to missed deadlines, but Elden and his representation were given 10 days to amend the complaint and refile it. The lawsuit was refiled Jan. 13 in Los Angeles federal court.

The refiled lawsuit once again names Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love (the executor of Cobain’s estate), as defendants, along with photographer Kirk Weddle, Nirvana L.L.C., Universal Music Group, UMG Recordings, MCA Records and The David Geffen Company.

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The lawsuit alleges that in the “10 years preceding the filing of this action each Defendant knowingly possessed, transported, reproduced, advertised, promoted, presented, distributed, provided and/or obtained child pornography depicting Spencer, who had not attained the age of 18 years when this image was printed on the cover of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album.”

“As a result of the above actions, Spencer has suffered damages during the 10 years preceding the filing of this action, and he will continue to suffer damages as long as the violations described above persist,” the lawsuit adds. “During the 10 years preceding the filing of this action, each Defendant intentionally commercially marketed the child pornography depicting Spencer and leveraged the lascivious nature of his image to promote the ‘Nevermind album, the band, and Nirvana’s music, while earning, at a minimum tens of millions of dollars in the aggregate.”

Had Elden not refiled the lawsuit by January 13, the judge would’ve dismissed it “without prejudice.” The judge at the time also ordered that, should the defendants wish to apply for another motion to dismiss to the refiled suit, then “counsel for the parties shall, on January 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., meet and confer in person or via video conference to discuss defendants’ motion to dismiss.”

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