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Drake, 21 Savage settle lawsuit over fake Vogue cover

by The Grio

Drake and 21 Savage have settled their legal dispute with Condé Nast over a fake Vogue magazine cover they used to promote their November collaborative album, “Her Loss.”

While a formal notice of settlement has not yet been submitted to the federal court handling the case, the agreement includes a permanent injunction prohibiting the rappers’ future use of Condé Nast’s trademarks for Vogue. It also comes with an undisclosed monetary payment from Drake and 21 Savage, according to Billboard.

Condé Nast general counsel William Bowes, noting that the company is glad to be moving forward, conceded that there would be times when Vogue is referenced in other creative works but said this situation was different.

“In this instance, however, it was clear to us that Drake and 21 Savage leveraged Vogue’s reputation for their own commercial purposes,” Bowes wrote in an internal announcement letter, Billboard reported, “and, in the process, confused audiences who trust Vogue as the authoritative voice on fashion and culture.”

Drake and 21 Savage — whose real names are Aubrey Graham and Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — used the phony Vogue cover as part of a broader marketing campaign to advertise the November release of their collaborative album. As part of it, they hosted an extensive fake interview with radio don Howard Stern, uploaded a fictitious “Saturday Night Live” performance and hinted at a similar false appearance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series.

NPR and Stern openly accepted the joke, but Condé Nast wasn’t amused. The company explicitly referred to Drake’s teaser Instagram post for the fictitious Vogue cover story, in which he thanked its renowned veteran editor, Anna Wintour.

A federal judge later issued a preliminary injunction requiring the rappers to delete any references to the fake magazine cover, ruling that it most likely breached the publisher’s…

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