This is the latest legal spat of many between Soundgarden’s surviving members and Chris Cornell’s widow.
The remaining members of Soundgarden are once again locked in a legal battle with Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky – this time over the band’s social media accounts. The band has asked a judge to hand over control of the accounts – including the band’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages – claiming Vicky Cornell locked them out. Some of the accounts have been idle for more than a year. As a result, the band is using an anagram of Soundgarden – Nude Dragons – on various social media channels in order to communicate with fans.
Stereogum has a particularly juicy quote from Soundgarden’s court filing about the social media accounts.
According to Soundgarden’s court filing, when they terminated their contract with Patriot Management in October 2019, the company handed over control of the group’s web presence to Vicky Cornell. A December 2019 email from Patriot included in the document explains that “Vicky [Cornell] has since changed all the social media passwords for the band accounts and will not share them with [Patriot] as she wants the band, and I quote, ‘to sue her for them’.”
It’s the latest of several legal battles between the two sides. Vicky Cornell sued Soundgarden a few months ago over six counts that alleged unpaid royalties, disputed ownership of unreleased materials, and the band’s buyout bid for Cornell’s share that she deemed lowball. The judge recently dismissed two counts involving unpaid royalties for lack of evidence. Maybe that’s progress?
Is there any way this legal dispute can be resolved amicably? Should Cornell’s last recordings belong to the band or to his family?