Soundgarden Fire Back at Royalties Lawsuit Filed by Chris Cornell's Widow
"We don't have possession of our own creative work"
Published Feb 04, 2020In the wake of legal action launched last year, Soundgarden's surviving members have responded to the lawsuit against them by Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell.
In December 2019, Vicky Cornell filed a suit claiming the band were withholding royalties from her and her family. She initially wrote their actions came "in an unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris' Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away."
She added that the recordings "were solely created by Chris on his laptop at his personal recording studio" in Florida in 2017. She also stated they "were bequeathed" to the Cornell family.
Now Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd have issued a legal response today in federal Florida court, stating that the seven recordings in question date back to 2015 and were intended for an upcoming Soundgarden album. As such, the band argues the recordings are property of the group — nor Cornell's family.
On top of that, Soundgarden argue that Vicky Cornell possesses "the only existing multi-track versions of the recordings" and she "has refused to return," effectively preventing the group from readying the songs for commercial release.
"We don't have possession of our own creative work," Soundgarden said in a statement.
Down below, you can see Soundgarden's full legal filing.