Drake forces ‘Fake Drake’ to change name with cease and desist
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Drake forces 'Fake Drake' to change name with cease and desist

Canadian rapper Drake has issued his most famous lookalike, ‘Fake Drake’ with a cease and desist order, which has forced him to change his name. 

Izzy Drake gained widespread fame on social media over the past 12 months by impersonating the ‘One Dance’ musician. Then, on Monday (October 24th), he took to Instagram to share the letter Drake’s OVO Sound record label had sent him.

The letter was dated October 20th, and it demanded that Izzy stop using Drake’s name, likeness and trademarks, which the label claimed were “damaging and defamatory” to them.

“Notice to cease and desist,” it started. “Dear IzzyyDrake, this letter serves as a notice of your unauthorized use of the trademark, ‘OVO’ to promote your brand and likeness, as well as your unauthorized fabrication of media which is Per Se damaging and defamatory to our brand. Your conducted actions are unwarranted, unwelcome, and inacceptable.”

Continuing: “In addition, this shall serve as a pre-suit letter demanding that you provide us written assurance within 7 days that you will cease and desist from making any further factually untrue statements involving OVO Sound and/or Drake, and that you will no longer fabricate media that portrays the aforementioned Trademarks. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Despite this intense legal warning, Izzy relented, and changed his name to Izzy Famous. He maintained that he bears no ill will to the Canadian rapper and wished him a happy 36th birthday on Monday. 

“Happy birthday to the greatest artist in history and my biggest inspiration,” Izzy wrote. “I got this cease and desist letter from OVO couple days ago and as a respectful b day gift to @champagnepapi I changed my name from IzzyyDrake to Izzyyfamous. More life my OVO brother @preme @bakanotnice @tvgucci.”

The cease and desist comes only two months after Izzy Drake claimed that the real Drake threatened to slap him when they were in Miami, Florida, earlier this year. Meanwhile, Drake and 21 Savage recently announced their collaborative album Her Loss