17 defendants, including members of the band and the Kurt Cobain Estate, are all named as defendants in a case filed by Spencer Elden, who featured on the cover of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind album as a baby.
Members of the band, along with the photographer, are all listed as part of the group, and they’re joined by a handful of others, most of whom don’t appear to be all that great, like defunct record labels and the band’s original drummer, who was no longer a member of the band by the time the album was released (and presumably by the time its album art was selected).
The album cover features a baby in a swimming pool, seemingly chasing a $1 bill dangling from a fishing line. Generally, non-sexualized photos of naked babies are not considered pornographic. In this case, Elden’s lawyer alleges that dangling the $1 bill could imply that the baby is a sex worker.
“Defendants intentionally commercially marketed Spencer’s child *********** and leveraged the shocking nature of his image to promote themselves and their music at his expense,” claims the lawsuit (via Variety). “Defendants used child *********** depicting Spencer as an essential element of a record promotion scheme commonly utilized in the music industry to get attention, wherein album covers posed children in a sexually provocative manner to gain notoriety, drive sales, and garner media attention, and critical reviews.”