A judge is stepping in regarding Lil Nas X‘s Satan Shoes.
A federal judge ordered the “Montero” superstar’s limited edition satantic-themed Air Max 97 shoes to stop being sold after Nike filed a trademark lawsuit against MSCHF Product Studio, the NYC company behind the shoes, THR reported Thursday (April 1).
Nike followed up with a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.
MSCHF’s attorneys argued that the 666 pairs of shoes are “not typical sneakers, but rather individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each,” and just like an earlier limited-edition run of Jesus Shoes, these will be displayed as artistic pieces, even in museums.
Nike’s lawyers said in a meeting on Thursday (April 1) that they “submitted evidence that even sophisticated sneakerheads were confused…we have submitted numerous evidence that some consumers are saying they will never buy Nike shoes ever again.”
“There’s no bright line but the more famous the mark — and we think Nike’s swoosh is one of most famous mark of all time — the more protection it is afforded,” said Nike attorney Kyle Schneider.
“There’s no statements that Nike is affiliated,” MSCHF’s lawyer told the court.
“There’s no basis for a recall. They are not doing this for money. It’s about the message,” he went on to say.
The judge ultimately ruled that Nike made enough of a case for a temporary restraining order, and a hearing to consider a longer-lasting preliminary injunctive will come next. For now, the shoes can no longer be sold – or at least whatever has not already been shipped.
The “Old Town Road” star also issued an “apology video.”
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