Nike stops sales of Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes”

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Nike stops sales of Lil Nas X


NEW YORK – On Thursday, a federal judge sided with Nike Inc in ordering a Brooklyn company to temporarily stop further sales of “Satan Shoes” it produced in collaboration with the rapper P’tit In the X.

U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee in Brooklyn ruled three days after Nike sued MSCHF Product Studio Inc, claiming the black and red devil-themed sneakers, which bear the Nike “swoosh” logo, infringed its trademarks.

The sneakers are custom versions of the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers that claim to contain a drop of human blood in the midsoles, and are imprinted with “Luke 10:18”, a biblical passage referring to Satan’s fall from heaven.

Only 666 pairs, costing $ 1,018 each, were made. P’tit In the X, known for the song “Old Town Road,” planned to select who would get the 666th pair, but that plan was shelved following Nike’s lawsuit filed on Monday. He is not a defendant in the case.

“MSCHF strongly believes in freedom of expression,” the company said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Nike and the court to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. ”

Nike and its lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Lawyers for MSCHF had argued that the Satan shoes were “not typical sneakers, but rather individually numbered works of art”, following on from the company’s “Jesus shoes” based on the same Nike model in 2019.

They said a temporary restraining order was not necessary because shoe buyers would not believe Nike was involved, and all but the 666th pair had already been sold and no others were in the process. manufacturing course.

Nike’s lawyers, on the other hand, said that “even ‘sneakerheads’ were in fact bewildered by MSCHF’s shoes,” and MSCHF had a “history” of shipping counterfeit shoes faster than the courts could. Stop.

P’tit In the Last month, X released a devil-themed video for his song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.

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