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'Vogue' publisher sues rapper Drake and 21 Savage over fake magazine cover: NPR

‘Vogue’ publisher sues rapper Drake and 21 Savage over fake magazine cover: NPR

Drake and 21 Savage released a post on Instagram on October 30 promoting a fake Vogue magazine The magazine cover. Vogue magazineCondé Nast’s publisher is now suing both rappers for using the fake cover to promote their new album.


Drake and 21 Savage / screenshot by NPR

Condé Nast, Publisher Vogue magazine magazine, has sued rappers Drake and 21 Savage for using fakes Vogue magazine Cover used to promote their new album, lose it.

in 30 lawsuit pages Introduced on Monday, Condé Nast says the rappers’ “widespread campaign” for their latest album is “entirely built” on the use of Vogue Brands – giving a false assumption that the two artists will appear in the December issue of the magazine.

Condé Nast is seeking at least $4 million in damages, or triple the rappers’ earnings from their “fake” album and magazine – whichever is higher.

It is unclear whether the artists profited directly from the fake magazines, other than publicity, as the magazines were not for sale.

The publisher is also seeking a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order to prevent the rapper from continuing to publish the fake magazine cover, as well as damages for trademark infringement.

“All of this is untrue,” Condé Nast said in the lawsuit. “None of it has been stated by Condé Nast.”

The lawsuit also alleges that the rapper created fake cases for Vogue magazine Copies of it were distributed in “the largest metropolitan areas of North America” ​​along with posters for the fake cover. The counterfeiting case was also shared on social media by more than 135 million users who actively follow both Drake and 21 Savage, according to the lawsuit.

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In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the artists falsely thanked Anna Wintour – editor-in-chief of the magazine Vogue Magazine – On social media for “love and support in this historic moment”.

The publisher said he had been in contact with both Drake and 21 Savage prior to the release of her loss, But according to the lawsuit, “the rapper’s disregard for Condé Nast’s rights left her no choice but to take legal action.

Representatives for both Drake and 21 Savage did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment on the lawsuit. NPR also reached out to lawyers representing Condé Nast for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

fake distribution Vogue magazine The cover is among the many parodies the rappers have produced in support of their latest album. The two also pretended to perform on NBC Saturday Night Live and to be interviewed on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show.

The duo too Pretend to perform on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk seriesWhere the rapper sits in front of a background of books and All songs considered Banners.

In response to the bluff performance, an NPR spokesperson said, “If Drake and 21 Savage want to perform at the real Tiny Desk, we’d love to have them.”

NPR’s Ayanna Archie contributed to this report.