December 6, 2022


Art Is Experience

Nirvana Sued for Copyright Infringement Over ‘Dante’s Inferno’ Illustration

Nirvana Sued for Copyright Infringement Over 'Dante's Inferno' Illustration

The famous band fronted by the late Kurt Cobain has been slapped with a copyright infringement by C.W. Scott-Giles’ family in excess of ‘Dante’s Inferno’ illustration.

Nirvana is struggling with a copyright infringement lawsuit in excess of merchandise allegedly featuring a C.W. Scott-Giles illustration.

The lawsuit was submitted by Jocelyn Susan Bundy, the granddaughter of Scott-Giles and “sole surviving relative and sole successor-in-title to the copyright in the functions developed by her late grandfather,” against Nirvana LLC, Dwell Country Items, Merch Traffic and Silva Artist Administration.

In accordance to the match, received by Rolling Stone, Bundy uncovered in January (21) that the band had been employing an impression explained as “pretty much similar” to her grandfather’s illustration of “Upper Hell” from a 1949 English translation of “Dante’s Inferno” on vinyl records, clothing, important fobs, mugs, patches, buttons, and other merchandise sold in the U.S. and close to the planet since 1989. It is recognised by supporters as the “7 Circles of Hell” or “Vestibule” design.

The match also alleges that Nirvana has been generating “false claims of possession” of the impression, and has implied that late frontman Kurt Cobain developed the illustration. Bundy also accuses the band of saying the use of the impression is in the general public domain in the U.S. – that means that they can use it without the right authorisation or shelling out a license payment. Nevertheless, she argues that the impression is protected below U.K. copyright law, and thus shouldn’t be considered in the general public domain in America or everywhere else.

“Any alleged good faith belief relating to any alleged general public domain position of the Illustration (by Nirvana)… is refuted by Nirvana’s false claims of copyright possession during the yrs and the planet,” the legal papers point out.

A cease and desist letter has also been despatched to Nirvana and the other defendants, which they are accused of ignoring.

Bundy is demanding in the match that output and distribution of any infringing merchandise be stopped. She’s also trying to get damages relating to the sale of the impression, and damages which include any losses sustained by the alleged infringement.

The circumstance is expected to go to demo later this calendar year (21).