Taylor Swift’s Team Sending out Cease and Desist Letters to Etsy Shop Owners
People were surprised when Taylor Swift‘s decision to undergo the process of filing a trademarking for certain lyrics from ‘1989’ in an attempt to inhibit people from making a profit off her words without her consent came to light. Now it looks like she’s decided to take it a step further. According to Buzzfeed, Taylor’s team is reportedly sending Etsy sellers cease and desist letters for selling merchandise that contains her lyrics.
While it’s certainly Taylor’s right to stop other people from making money based on her work, it seems to be rubbing fans the wrong way. One Etsy seller said (quote via Buzzfeed), “[Fans] want to contribute and be creative and have fun. These free, loving, creative minds are being stopped by the very artists who have inspired them.”
Another fan was reportedly scared of the cease and desist letter, saying to Buzzfeed, “When we got the e-mail that the trademark infringement occurred we were pretty shocked because while our item was popular we didn’t feel as if it had become popular enough to cause harm to Taylor Swift’s empire. We were scared. We didn’t even make enough money for a lawyer and this had seemed like such a harmless and fun idea.”
What do you guys think? Is it wrong for Taylor to force sellers to stop making merchandise with her lyrics on it or do you think she’s totally in the right? Let us know!
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