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Is Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover Child Pornography? Revived

Is Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover Child Pornography? Revived

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Regardless of a decrease courtroom ruling that the statute of limitations had handed on Spencer Elden’s youngster pornography lawsuit towards Nirvana, a federal appeals courtroom revives the case.

On Thursday, December 21, the US Court docket of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dominated towards Nirvana, reviving a baby pornography lawsuit filed by Spencer Elden, the person who appeared as a unadorned child on the quilt of the band’s 1991 album, Nevermind. Final yr, a decrease courtroom dominated that Elden waited too lengthy to sue, and the statute of limitations had handed — however now the federal appeals courtroom’s determination overturns that ruling.

Elden, now in his 30s, claims that the picture violated federal youngster pornography legal guidelines by depicting a sexualized picture of a minor. Whereas the decrease courtroom dominated that he had waited far too lengthy to sue, the federal courtroom’s overturning determination dominated that every republication of the picture — such because the thirtieth anniversary re-release of Nevermind in 2021 — would possibly represent a brand new “harm” to Elden, resetting the statute of limitations.

“Victims of kid pornography could undergo a brand new harm upon the republication of the pornographic materials,” wrote Choose Sandra Segal Ikuta. “This conclusion is in keeping with the Supreme Court docket’s view that each viewing of kid pornography is a repetition of the sufferer’s abuse.

The lawsuit will return to a decrease courtroom, the place Elden’s claims that the picture meets the definition of kid pornography have to be confirmed — one thing vehemently disputed by Nirvana and their authorized staff. The band’s lawyer Bert Deixler known as the case “meritless” and the ruling a “procedural setback” that doesn’t have an effect on his staff’s arguments.

In the meantime, Robert Lewis, lead counsel for Spencer Elden, stories that his shopper is “more than happy with the choice and appears ahead to having his day in courtroom.”

“The choice is essential for all youngster pornography victims,” stated Lewis.

“Spencer’s true identification and authorized title are ceaselessly tied to the business sexual exploitation he skilled as a minor, which has been distributed and bought worldwide from the time he was a child to the current day,” claimed Elden’s preliminary 2021 civil lawsuit.

The lawsuit names Nirvana’s company entity, Kurt Cobain’s property, Dave Grohl, Common Music Group, and a number of other different people and firms. Notably, as a result of the lawsuit is a civil motion, no allegations of felony wrongdoing by any events have been raised.

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