Kurt Cobain wrote this announcement down in one of his journals after deciding to name his band Nirvana.
What he did not realize was that there were two other bands already named Nirvana. A small unsigned Los Angeles based band and a UK based band that had released their debut album in 1967 on Island Records.
Both bands sued Nirvana (Seattle) for Trademark infringement. Nirvana (LA) received $50,000 while Nirvana (UK) settled for $100,000. The settlement with Nirvana (UK) allowed both bands to use the name Nirvana and to continue issuing new recordings without any packaging disclaimer to distinguish one Nirvana from the other.
Nirvana (UK) was even planning a tongue-in-cheek album called Nirvana Sings Nirvana that was shelved when Kurt Cobain died. One of the songs “Lithium” was later issued as part of a box-set of Nirvana (UK). Check it out…