The Courts Order Drake & 21 Savage to Stop Promoting Their False Vogue Issue

Jaelani Turner-Williams Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with…
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A judge has ruled that Drake and 21 Savage must halt promotion of their faux ‘Vogue‘ issue promoting new collaborative album Her Loss.

Drake and 21 Savage have been ordered to stop promoting their false Vogue issue as part of the rollout for their collaborative album Her Loss. On Wednesday (November 9), a judge ruled in favor of Condé Nast, the publishing company for Vogue, after the magazine filed a $4 million lawsuit over the counterfeit Her Loss-exclusive issue.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff issued a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction, ordering the rappers to remove the faux magazine from their social media pages. The two are also “restrained from using, displaying, disseminating, or distributing” the magazine in any form.

According to the ruling, Drizzy and 21 Savage are “confusing customers about the origin, sponsorship, or approval” of the cover and are “misleading consumers to believe that these are genuine and authentic materials associated with Condé Nast and Vogue magazine.”

The fake Her Loss magazine included articles and advertisements from Vogue‘s authentic October issue, with graffiti writings of ‘Her Loss’ spread across pages and photo edits. In one image, Drake is edited into a photo of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“Neither Condé Nast nor Anna Wintour authorized the creation of the Counterfeit Magazine,” the complaint read.

Despite the court defeat, other media brands have not been offended by the Her Loss rollout, which included “appearances” on Saturday Night Live, ColorsxStudios, NPR Tiny Desk and The Howard Stern Show. In fact, 68-year-old Stern complimented Drizzy for doing “a good job” on the strategic album release.

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