It’s been a hard couple of months for Hip-Hop Weekly, the new, non-weekly magazine from Source knuckleheads David Mays and Benzino: First, they have to apologize to Diddy before the first issue even comes out. Then, they get accused of jackin’ quotes. And now they’ve been served–and not in that cool Omarion way:
The battle between The Source and its former co-owners David Mays and Ray “Benzino” Scott continues, as the new owners of The Source have sent a cease and desist notice to the pair’s new venture, Hip Hop Weekly…
The Source accuses the recently launched Hip-Hop tabloid of trademark infringement and unfair competition. At issue is Hip Hop Weekly’s header in bold above the magazine’s title which exclaims “brought to you by the founders of The Source.”
“The concern for The Source is that the masthead of Hip Hop Weekly is a problem because it creates some confusion as to whether or not the magazine has an affiliation with The Source,” The Source’s attorney Andy I. Corea told AllHipHop.com. “If you saw a restaurant and it had on the sign ‘from the creators of the Big Mac, you would have every reason to think the company had an affiliation with McDonald’s…We are open to other options, we just want people to know Hip Hop Weekly is not affiliated with The Source.”
They don’t have to worry about that, as anyone who’s read HHW knows that it’s barely even affiliated with literacy. anyway, you can read the C&D letter here; the saddest part is that the legal papers were sent to an anonymous Gmail account. Ah, the big-time glossy-magazine life.
The Source Sends Cease & Desist Letter To Hip Hop Weekly [Allhiphop.com]