Nirvana baby loses lawsuit over 1991 album cover
Rock band Nirvana is back in the court room over their iconic 1991 album cover
A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit against rock band Nirvana for alleged child sexual abuse.
Spencer Elden is the baby depicted on the cover of the ‘Nevermind’ album, which shows him swimming towards a dollar bill pierced with a fish hook.
He believes he didn’t consent to the picture being used and wants $150,000 in damages.
At the time, his parents received $200 for the photo.
But a judge found the 31-year-old has waited too long to claim he had been exploited by the band.
This means Elden’s legal road has been exhausted and he will be unable to refile the case. However, his legal team says he will appeal the ruling.
He believes the album cover has caused him distress, and led to financial loss as an adult.
The album’s photographer Kirk Weddle was among the defendants in the case. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic also made courtroom appearances.
They argued Elden had re-enacted the photograph in later life, and “enjoyed” being the Nirvana baby.
Nevermind sales surpassed 30 million, which made it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
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