Legal Trouble for Drake and 21 Savage
Drake and 21 Savage find themselves in a $4 million lawsuit filed by Vogue magazine’s publisher, Condé Nast. According to the lawsuit, the rappers utilized Vogue’s original cover to promote their latest album, “Her Loss,” without obtaining permission.
According to TMZ, Drake and 21 Savage utilized clever editing to create a convincing album cover using Vogue’s imagery. Despite media reports, Vogue officially filed a complaint against the artists.
The legal action was initiated in a Manhattan federal court on Monday. Condé Nast asserts that Vogue has not endorsed “Her Loss” in any way and has repeatedly requested the removal of all promotional materials, to no avail.
The fake magazine cover gained significant attention on social media, with posters displayed in major cities and mass emails sent out. While the album itself showcases the talents of the rap stars with its impressive 16 songs, the unauthorized use of Vogue’s brand tarnished the magazine’s reputation.
In addition to Vogue’s response, “The Howard Stern Show” and “NPR’s Tiny Desk” shared their surprise and amusement at the situation through media coverage. Drake even tweeted alongside the cover image, expressing gratitude to Vogue magazine and Anna Wintour for their support.
The legal issue started with a cease and desist notice back in October, which has since been ignored. While Condé Nast continues to handle the matter professionally, they are determined not to let this slide smoothly. They argue that Drake and 21 Savage have distributed copies of something that the magazine has worked hard to establish as its own brand.
Despite attempts by various news outlets to reach out to Drake and 21 Savage, neither artist has responded. Only time will reveal how they will address this situation.
Is Vogue justified in taking legal action, or is this a case of exaggeration?