Lawsuit Over Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Cover Artwork Dismissed

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The Facts

  • Spencer Elden's lawsuit against Nirvana has been dismissed.

  • Elden, who appeared on the band's iconic 'Nevermind' cover at 4 months, claimed he was a victim of child sexual exploitation.

The Spin

Narrative A

Elden's parents weren't fully aware of what the picture would be used for, and were paid minimally. It's unfair that everyone except Elden and his family made tremendous money off it.

Narrative B

Elden has profited off the album cover for 30 years, recreating it several times and conducting numerous interviews. Filing a lawsuit after three decades is clearly a money grab.

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