Maybe it sounded like a good idea at the time, with even the Beatles becoming video game avatars, for Kurt Cobain to come back from the dead and digitally appear in Activision's Guitar Hero 5. So, his widow Courtney Love signed a licensing deal for Cobain to rock out to Nirvana's groundbreaking hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," as well as any number of frothy pop ditties. Only now, Love claims she never consented to the deal, and she's threatening via Twitter (celebrities' favorite mode of breaking their own news these days) to sue Activision. Meanwhile, former bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who allowed the music to be used in the game but don't control Cobain's likeness, say they're "dismayed and very disappointed" with the outcome. They're asking Activision to lock up that avatar so he won't suffer the indignity of performing "You Give Love a Bad Name." Activision is sticking to its guns, saying it has a signed agreement in hand. Obviously, we've not heard the end of this. Love has suddenly protected her Twitter updates, which is probably for the best. (They made no sense anyway.) But I did understand this threat from Love to Activision: "Wait for my esq." Good day, sir!
—Posted by T.L. Stanley