“Nevermind” Baby Album Cover Lawsuit Won By Nirvana

A California judge has rejected a child pornography lawsuit Nirvana faced because of the Nevermind album cover from 1991. Spencer Elden, who is depicted as a naked baby in the artwork, brought the complaint. “In short, because it is undisputed that [Elden] did not file his complaint within 10 years after he discovered a violation… the court concludes that his claim is untimely,” stated U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin in his decision, according to Rolling Stone.

Olguin further added: “Because plaintiff had an opportunity to address the deficiencies in his complaint regarding the statute of limitations, the court is persuaded that it would be futile to afford plaintiff a fourth opportunity to file an amended complaint.”

The complaint was submitted in August 2021 and identified a number of defendants, including Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, and the remaining Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Chad Channing. Additionally featured are the following: Geffen Records, Warner Records, Universal Music Group, photographer Kirk Weddle, and art director Robert Fisher.

Elden, in his initial filing, alleged that the group of defendants “knowingly produced, possessed, and advertised commercial child pornography depicting Spencer, and they knowingly received value in exchange for doing so.” Each of the accused was being sued by Elden for $150,000.

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