What A Hoot! Drake Sued For $50,000 Over Alleged Owl Pendant Knock Offs
Drake’s former stylist, Michael Raphael, who recently sued the YMCMB rapper for $70,000 in unpaid wages has come back for more. Raphael, owner of Baden Baden jewelers, is now suing Drake for allegedly duplicating their unique creation: a diamond-studded owl pendant, TMZ reports.
Raphael claims that Drake asked for a custom-made design — an owl-themed platinum trinket — and purchased the jewelry for $49,204. But things went sour when Raphael allegedly spotted gold replicas of his owl design on Drake’s Instagram six months later. “According to the lawsuit, [Baden Baden Inc.] claims Drake took its original design, copied it, and handed out the knockoffs to his pals,” TMZ reports.
The former stylist and Baden Baden owner is suing for copyright infringement while also demanding money for unspecified damages. But TMZ notes, since Drake has been using owls as a theme and logo for years (it’s on the cover of his 2011 “October’s Very Own” mixtape), claims of imitation might not stick with the judge.
But what might sway the judge is that Raphael was the creative mastermind behind Drake’s owl logo since its genesis. According to Raphael’s LinkedIn, from December 2010 to January 2013, he was the “[c]reative direction for ‘Drake’ and his ‘October’s Very Own’ brand.” He was also responsible for “Clothing design, Styling, & Graphic Design/ Logo Design and Name Creation. Branding/ Coloring/ Owl Image and all graphics,” the profile says. Clearly, Raphael isn’t happy that his work of genius may been replicated without his permission.
Think Raphael has a chance to win this case?