Lil Yachty’s Producer Burberry Perry Is Getting Sued by Burberry
Looks like Lil Yachty has a couple suggestions for his friend Perry. After all, Yachty was the one who gave him that moniker in the first place.
From Tommy Hilfiger to Karl Kani to Balmain, fashion and rap have long shared an overlapping space, but when the two worlds become one, then questions of copyright and representation arise. For Lil Yachty's producer and frequent collaborator Burberry Perry, that is a lesson that is resulting in legal action, as the famous British luxury line from which his name derives has filed a lawsuit, claiming that his fan base and profile were built on their iconic name and logo, TMZ reports.
Perry has posted a photo of that report to his Instagram, captioning it with "EL OH EL" and a tear-faced emoji. In addition to using the Burberry name, the brand is citing Perry's 2016 self-titled EP which features their trademark plaid print and equestrian knight logo on the cover. They claim that Perry ripped their whole steez, including their font, to propel his social media following, and fear that some may think he is sponsored by or linked to the brand. Burberry is suing after Perry ignored their cease and desist letters.
While rappers have used fashion brands in their stage names before, most noticeably Gucci Mane, it hasn't always resulted in legal action. There is a precedent however for such lawsuits, as in March of this year, when a judge ordered Private Club's Rolls Royce Rizzy to drop any mention of the luxury car brand from his name, citing copyright infringement. The rapper was also selling shirts on his website with the car brand's logo.
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