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Drake

Sued Over $50,000 Hooter

9/12/2013 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Drake's expensive jewelry collection is coming back to bite him in the ass -- a famous jeweler is suing him over a $50,000 owl pendant ... claiming Drake illegally made knockoffs of it for his friends.

The jeweler Baden Baden Inc. (owned by designer Michael Raphael) filed the lawsuit, claiming Drizzy hired the company to make a custom diamond-studded platinum owl pendant back in January ... and paid $49,204.

Then in June ... BB claims gold duplicates of the pendant started surfacing on Drake's Instagram.

According to the lawsuit, BB claims Drake took its original design, copied it, and handed out the knockoffs to his pals. 

Baden Baden is suing for copyright infringement, demanding unspecified damages, and asking the court to force Drake to hand over the owl copies.

One potential sticking point -- Drake's been using the owl logo for years ... it's the freakin' cover of his 2011 mixtape.

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As we previously reported, Raphael is also suing Drake for unpaid styling services.

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37 COMMENTS

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cathy    

first to comment! whose next?

376 days ago
2.

OK    

I thought that said hooker for a minute.

376 days ago
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Truth Be Told    

FYI: Just so everyone knows - There is someone who is cloning me (and a lot of other people) and is posting on all the boards.

376 days ago
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ipod shuffle    

The symbol of the owl is Satanic so is the music industry that supports it. I know the truth do you?

376 days ago
5.

NOT ELMO    

Drake Sued Over $50,000.00 Hooter....................DRAKE SHOULD COME OUT OF THE CLOSET ALREADY

376 days ago
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tk104    

If it was custom made for him to begin with how can he get sued for dups?

376 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

It doesn't sound like they have a case. He hired them to essentially make his logo in the form of a pendant. It's his idea not theirs. They're probably just mad he didn't buy the gold ones from them.

376 days ago
8.

wtf    

you mean a black stole something? shocking.

376 days ago
9.

Comanchegurl    

Why do men wear so much jewelry. It's not manly! & spending all that money for something so stupid just makes you look dumb!

376 days ago
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xrodriguez    

that design is drake's sooo NO

376 days ago
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tessa    

more rapper crap, not news, not interesting, ugh, who cares

376 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

If he designed it, he has the copyright, not them, but it's a flippin owl and not unique, lawsuit is stupid.

376 days ago
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FrankiePDX    

F*ck the owl! The owl symbol is satanic! Drake is nothing but a Illuminati wannabe!

376 days ago
14.

Locke    

Sounds like the pendant was "work for hire" that means drake own the rights to it since he hired the jeweler to make it, then he owns the design (unless they have a contract that specifically states otherwise). Since it appears to be based on his own design, The jeweler has no case and is probably just hoping to get a settlement from Drake because it will be cheaper than fighting it. In the interest of full disclosure, I have only the vaguest idea who Drake is.

375 days ago
15.

Truth Be Told    

FYI: Just so everyone knows - There is someone who is cloning me (and a lot of other people) and is posting on all the boards. If you don't believe me - click on his avatar and then mine you will see for yourself. This person steals other people's avatar's and nick names then hides behind a proxy server and posts on all the boards. Beware: This person may very easily clone you also! So Heads Up!!

375 days ago
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