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On sait le groupe Soundgarden en pleine guerre judiciaire avec la veuve de Chris Cornell concernant 7 titres dont chacune demande les droits (mais aussi les accès aux comptes des réseaux sociaux confisqués par Madame). D’ailleurs, on en sait un peu plus sur ces titres :

Road Less Traveled” (Chris Cornell/Matt Cameron)
Orphans” (Chris Cornell/Matt Cameron)
At Ophians Door” (Chris Cornell/Matt Cameron)
Cancer” (Chris Cornell)
Ahead Of The Dog” (Chris Cornell/Kim Thayil)
Merrmas” (Chris Cornell/Ben Shepherd)
Stone Age Mind” (Chris Cornell)

Voilà, néanmoins, que Vicky Cornell attaque le groupe car celui-ci aurait fait une proposition de rachat des parts de Chris. Offre qui ne serait pas à la hauteur, du coup, PROCÈS !

“As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate’s interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen.

Since then, the band members have continued to try to settle all disputes with the Cornell Estate and in their several attempts to settle, the band members have elected to offer multiple times more than the amount calculated by Cohen.

This dispute has never been about money for the band. This is their life’s work and their legacy.”

Le groupe avait proposé 300 000$ mais Vicky estime que la proposition est bien en deçà de la réalité et explique qu’un investisseur extérieur avait fait une proposition au groupe de 16 millions de dollars pour leurs masters, proposition déclinée depuis. Du coup, elle réclame 12 millions (3 x 4 millions). Bah oui parce qu’en fait, elle, aurait fait une proposition de rachats de leurs parts à 21 millions de dollars. Que le trio aurait décliné car c’était l’œuvre de sa vie.

“The band members have knowingly offered only an infinitesimal fraction of the true worth of Chris‘ interest in Soundgarden and certain related entities by making a ludicrously low offer. And, they know it. Before making their absurd offer, Soundgarden had previously received an independent third-party offer from a leading music investor for multi-millions more (even though that offer covered only recorded music and did not include any other Soundgarden assets).

Despite having this offer in hand, the band members offered Chris‘ wife and minor children a pittance. In fact, the band’s offer is so low that it even falls shy of the royalties that Vicky received for a single year (2018) from a single revenue source (Soundgarden‘s master recordings).”

“This is not the first time that the band members have sought to deprive Chris‘ minor children of the hard-earned fruits of his labor and talent. The band has already been sued once by Vicky for refusing to pay monies that they admit are owed to her and Chris‘ minor children.1 Now, Vicky, who wanted to avoid this action, has been forced to regrettably file suit based on the band’s continuing pattern of unconscionable misconduct.”

“In response to Defendants’ disingenuous offer, on December 17, 2020, Vicky counter-offered defendants Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Hunter Benedict Shepherd four million dollars each — a total of twelve-million dollars (U.S. $12,000,000.00) — for their collective interests in Soundgarden and the Soundgarden Related Entities.”

“On December 29, 2020, Defendants summarily rejected Vicky‘s twelve-million dollar offer, noting that the Surviving Band Members have no interest in selling their interests in the Soundgarden Partnership ‘because these interests represent their creative life’s-work’ — a statement that both overreaches (because neither Cameron nor Shepherd were original members of Soundgarden) and overlooks (because the vast majority of the band’s works — over 73% — were authored by Chris and because Chris‘ interest in the Soundgarden Partnership also represents Chris‘ ‘creative life’s work’).

“In a final attempt to resolve this matter without judicial intervention (and without the need for yet another litigation), Vicky offered the Surviving Band Members seven million dollars each — a total of twenty-one million dollars ($21,000,000.00) — for their collective interests in the Soundgarden Partnership. Moreover, Vicky‘s offer expressly noted that, if the Surviving Band Members were willing to share the underlying information, her twenty-one million dollar offer may well increase further. The Surviving Band Members rejected the twenty-one million dollar offer and, once more, refused to share the underlying data.

The Surviving Band Members’ rejection of an offer of seven million dollars for each of their individual interests underscores the unreasonableness of Defendants’ insulting offer for Chris‘ interests in the Soundgarden Partnership.”


Source : ThePRP