Kanye West’s lawyers are threatening to sue the Melbourne burger shop College Dropout.
The owner of the shop says he is sad because the Grammy-winning superstar is “his hero.”
Kanye West’s lawyers threatened to sue a family-run burger shop in Melbourne’s north east, so they had to take down their menu and logo.
College Dropout Burgers in Ivanhoe had a Kanye West theme until Wednesday. There was a huge mural of the Grammy-winning superstar at the entrance, dishes were named after him, and the buns had logos from one of his albums.
The shop’s name also referred to West’s first album, College Dropout.
But the singer’s lawyers now say that the owner used the material without permission and have threatened to sue if it is not taken down.
The team took down their burger sign, took off the logos, and painted over the mural with white paint on Wednesday.
Owner Mark Elkhouri said he didn’t feel like he had much of a choice and was upset because West is “his hero” and his brand was a tribute to him.
He told that the brand was made to honor him.
“But he wants that.”
Elkhouri thought West liked the burger shop because he used to follow the brand on Instagram.
All of the burger shop’s logos that have to do with the West have been covered with a temporary sign that says, “Put logo here.” Ok, thanks, see you”
Professor Andrew Christie, an expert on intellectual property, said it was “fair enough” that West wanted to control how his name and image were used for business.
He said, “It comes down to whether or not consumers are being confused or tricked.”
But even though the shop’s theme has changed, the recipe for its popular burgers has stayed the same.
Elkhouri said that he himself had dropped out of college, so the name of the shop will stay the same.
Some of the burgers, like the “Zucker burg” and “Bill Gates,” are now named after other famous people who didn’t finish college.