21 savage & Drake
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Rapper Drake and 21 savage have settled their $4milllion lawsuit with vogue magazine's publishers.

In November 2021, the two rappers were sued by Conde Nast which is the parent company to some of the world's most iconic brands including Vogue and The New Yorker for trademarking the corporation, diluting their brand, and falsefully using their brand for advertisement.

The infringement lawsuit came after Drake and 21 Savage used a vogue imitation cover to promote their album Her Loss.

The fake imitation of Vogue's magazine cover
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The complaint was filed at the Manhattan federal court where the plaintiff, Conde Vast argued the musicians' publicity campaign was wholly built on unauthorized use of Vogue trademarks and false claims that vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour would appear on the next cover of the publication.

In court, vogue's chief editor argued that she did not offer any support to the two rappers.

"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 duo settled out of court and agreed to pay an undisclosed monetary amount to the magazine’s publisher, who was seeking at least $4 million in damages. The agreement also includes a permanent injunction barring any further use of the Vogue trademarks.

The federal judge also issued a temporary restraining order forcing them to remove all current and future displays of the fake magazine, saying it was “misleading consumers” and “deceiving the public.”

Drake's & 21's fans have expressed their concern on why Vogue was quick to sue the artists, airing out that many artists and even people have imitated Vogue's cover and posted across socials for public consumption. They feel like Vogue acted irrationally and was unfair to the rappers.

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