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Drake + Savage 21 Sued by Vogue Magazine

Vogue magazine parent company Conde Nast have filed a lawsuit against Drake and 21 Savage for allegedly using the fashion brand’s moniker to promote ‘Her Loss,’ their new album without permission. The suit contends that the superstar singer/songwriters’ publicity campaign was built “entirely” on the unauthorized use of Vogue trademarks and false claims that they’d appear on the next cover of the publication with the “love and support” of editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

The complaint filed in Manhattan federal court earlier this week argued that the musical duo had exploited the “tremendous value that a cover feature in Vogue magazine carries,” adding:

“All of this is false. And none of it has been authorized by Conde Nast.” “Vogue magazine and its Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour have had no involvement in Her Loss or its promotion, and have not endorsed it in any way.” “Nor did Condé Nast authorize, much less support, the creation and widespread dissemination of a counterfeit issue of Vogue, or a counterfeit version of perhaps one of the most carefully curated covers in all of the publication business.”

The high-profile fashion publishers contend that Drake and Savage created a fake issue of the magazine which was distributed in major metropolitan areas, along with posters that mimicked Vogue’s layout resulting in “unmistakable” confusion among members of the public, including media outlets which positioned the pair as the magazine’s “new cover stars”.

Also known as Advance Magazine Publishers Inc., Conde Nast is seeking some $4,000,000.00 in damages or triple the artist’s profits from their album and “counterfeit” magazine. They are also going for punitive damages and an end to any trademark infringement.

The publishers said they have tried repeatedly since 31 October to resolve the issues without taking legal action, stating “[The] defendants’ flippant disregard for Condé Nast’s rights have left it with no choice but to commence this action.”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Vogue Poland