Drake Sues Company For Using His Photo On Its Website Without Permission
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Drake is reportedly suing a company for using a photo of him in an unauthorized manner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hebrew Hustle had shared Drake’s image on its website without the artist’s permission. Drake has sued for false endorsement, violation of publicity rights and unfair competition.
Hebrew Hustle previously filed a lawsuit against the rapper for copyright infringement for using ‘Jimmy Smith Rap’ in his ‘Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2’ record, released together with Cash Money Records. The rapper won the suit three years later on “fair-use grounds.”
Now, Drake has hit back at the company with a countersuit after Hebrew Hustle posted his photo on its website, with Hebrew Hustle’s founder, Stephen Hacker, claiming on his online bio that he had “played a heavy hand with his clients” in developing hit songs for names including Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and others.
Drake states that he has never worked with any of Hacker’s clients, and is suing the company for false endorsement. US District Judge William H. Pauley III explains that the usage of Drake’s name and image might mislead site visitors to thinking that the rapper is endorsing the company.
Pauley added that the decision is best left in the hands of the jury to decide if there were any monetary results from the company that had used Drake’s image.
The defendants said that Drake has implied he would only sue for damages totaling the profits acquired as a result of using his name, but Pauley seems to be in favor of Drake.
Drake asserted that he has “suffered injury and actual damages” in an amount that can only be proven during trial.
[via Complex, opening image via Twocoms / Shutterstock.com]