Nirvana Dante’s Inferno-inspired merchandise

Nirvana is being sued for decades of alleged copyright infringement by the heir of the artist who drew the map of hell of Dante’s “Inferno.” “Inferno” is the opening section Italian writer Dante Alighieri‘s 14th-century epic poem “Divine Comedy.”

Blabbermouth reported on April 28th, “Jocelyn Susan Bundy sued Nirvana LLC, Live Nation Merchandise LLC and its Merch Traffic LLC unit, along with Silva Artist Management LLC, saying (the band) had been using her grandfather C.W. Scott-Giles drawing since 1997 on shirts, mugs, vinyl records, and other merchandise sold at stores including Walmart, H&M and Hot Topic. The drawing depicts Dante’s circles of Upper Hell.”

In previous court cases, the artwork, which was first used by the band starting in 1989, was said to have been created by the late-Kurt Cobain.


  • In 1997, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Kurt Cobain‘s widow Courtney Love, formed the limited liability company Nirvana LLC to oversee all Nirvana projects.
  • In 2006, after years of Love’s in-fighting and legal action against Novoselic and Grohl, she sold 25 percent of her stake in the band’s song catalog to Primary Wave Music.
  • The deal reported netted Love a cool $50 million dollars.