This message was posted on the Foo Fighter's website regarding the use of Kurt Cobain's image on the new Guitar Hero game. If you recall, Courtney Love had a twitfit about Kurt's likeness being an unlockable character (and thus resulting in player's being able to use Kurt for any song on the game). Courtney's rants generally come off as bizarre these days but in this case it turns out that this actually wasn't part of the deal. Kurt's image was supposed to ONLY be used for the Nirvana songs on the game.
This is a statement regarding Nirvana, Guitar Hero and the likeness of the late Kurt Cobain.
We want people to know that we are dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used in the Guitar Hero game. The name and likeness of Kurt Cobain are the sole property of his estate – we have no control whatsoever in that area.
While we were aware of Kurt’s image being used with two Nirvana songs, we didn’t know players have the ability to unlock the character. This feature allows the character to be used with any kind of song the player wants. We urge Activision to do the right thing in “re-locking” Kurt’s character so that this won’t continue in the future.
It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters. Kurt Cobain wrote songs that hold a lot of meaning to people all over the world. We feel he deserves better.
Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl
I guess the details of the agreement weren't clear.
Better days, better days.