Kurt Cobain and Activision sign now

To Activision Inc. and creators of "Guitar Hero 5";

Recently, Courtney Love has signed a contract allowing the use of the likeness of her former husband Kurt Cobain. The contract, according to Activision, allows Activision the right "to use Kurt Cobains likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5." The language in the contract is cloudy and will not hold up in a court of law. It is our understanding that Courtney Love assumed Cobain's likeness would only be used on songs created and performed by the musical group Nirvana. Unless it says elsewhere in the contract, Love never agreed to allowing Cobain's likeness to be used for songs created and performed by other musical groups other than Nirvana.

We, The Undersigned, kindly ask Activision to cease the usage of Kurt Cobain's likeness considering Love signed the contract under falsely constructed pretenses that his likeness would only be used for songs created and performed by Nirvana. Kurt Cobain would never agree to his image being used to perform "karaoke" to other individiual's creative endeavours unless he had complete respect for them and the art they created(see David Bowie, Meatpuppets, etc.). Doing so would be considered "selling-out", and Cobain vehemently opposed "selling-out".

Keeping Cobain as a "fully playable character" will taint the legacy that Guitar Hero has set out to maintain the integrity of the artists who created the music used in the video game. Many people will silently boycott Activision, Inc. by not purchasing the game which will directly hurt the sales of your game. A large part of your intended audience are the key 13-30 male demographic who grew up listening to Nirvana. Retracting his "fully playable character" to a locked character who only plays on Nirvana songs will shine a light of credibility and integrity on Activision, Inc. It makes good business sense to make things right by appeasing your main demographic.

For the love of musical art, performance art, and the integrity of creativity, please only use Kurt Cobain's likeness in songs that were created by Nirvana; "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Lithium".

Thank you for your time. Please, do what's right for the sake of artistic integrity and not "selling-out to the man".

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