The Real Theraflu Isn’t Too Happy With Kanye West

Kanye West just dropped a new track, featuring DJ Khaled, called “Theraflu.” Though no one seems to know definitively, there are rumors that this track is part of an upcoming album/project/something from Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music crew. Even if it’s just a quick side project for Yeezy, every small thing he does is guaranteed to generate a lot of buzz.

In the song, Kanye raps about his budding relationship with Kim Kardashian, his feud with Wiz Khalifa (who’s now engaged to Kanye’s old flame, Amber Rose). What he doesn’t talk about much is the cold and flu drug Theraflu. He drops the product’s name in the chorus a few times, but that’s it. Not exactly slander or anything like that. The reference makes sense in the lyrics of the song because Kanye is so cold that his enemies will need the drug.

Still, the medical company that makes Theraflu has taken notice and they are apparently not happy with Kanye’s use of their trademarked term in his song. Have they never heard the phrase “any publicity is good publicity”? It’s not like Kanye is saying bad things about their product. Rather, he just gave them a free commercial. You can’t pay for that stuff.

The Theraflu people have not yet filed a formal lawsuit, but it could be coming. They issued an official statement, saying, “We in no way endorse or approve of the references or use of the image and likeness of Theraflu in this manner.”

Uploads of the song are being pulled from YouTube, but you might be able to hear it here. Or just search around a bit. Jeez, I can’t do everything for you.

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One Response to The Real Theraflu Isn’t Too Happy With Kanye West

  1. The Theraflu(tm) folks are obligated by trademark law to defend their trademark effectively in order to maintain it.

    Whether or not they want to sue, if they don’t issue a C&D and then sue should the C&D be ignored, their mark can lose its protected legal status.