Most of us believe that a celebrity’s life is glamourous and is all red carpet parties, fancy cars, and mansions. However, that is just one side of it. The lifestyles of the rich and famous are not easy by any standards. Living the quintessential celeb life can have too many complications and troubles. And we have to look beyond their shiny exterior to understand their problems.
Yes, a lot of your favorite celebs spend too much time within the confines of a stuffy courtroom. They have the money to fight their cases, but fighting a legal battle can be a taxing affair in more ways than one. Taylor Swift, the popular songstress, has recently been embroiled in a lawsuit which she had no clue about. Let’s understand the case and why she was under the fire for the same.
Taylor Swift Vs. US Theme Park, Evermore
Evermore, a US theme park sued Taylor Swift. This was because the Love Story star has used the name of their Park without seeking their permission.
The theme park’s owner’s leading cause for concern was that Swift’s Evermore release had been the chief cause of confusion. And he implied that the two were wrongfully linked. The Utah venue even claimed that there were fewer hits on their website owing to the album’s release during the same time. Swift’s lawyers, however, begged to differ. They even went ahead and said instead of being bad publicity. It would be good publicity for the park.
The Park Owner’s Grievance
Swift’s legal team is calling the park owner’s claim as frivolous and irresponsible.’ But the theme park owners, who are seeking millions of dollars in damages, have reiterated that the trademark for the name belongs to them. Swift violated it when she went ahead and started selling album-related merchandise.
In the stipulated case, filed in a US District Court in Utah, the owners said they had spent millions of dollars on the theme park, which opened in 2018.
In December 2020, the owners wrote to Swift’s legal team to start negotiations about their grievance. And they wanted to reach an amicable conclusion. Swift’s album, Evermore, hit the charts on December 11, 2020. And this was just a few months after the release of her album Folklore, which was out in early 2020. Both the albums became stupendous commercial hits and were chartbusters in the UK and the US.
The Intent Of The Lawsuit
Taylor’s spokesperson said that the real intent of this lawsuit is pretty obvious, and the company is facing lawsuits, debts, and liens, currently. The singer’s legal team even went ahead. As the company is battling numerous issues, people believe that this album could turn the tables of fortune in favor of the theme park.
Utah’s Evermore Park website, describes the theme park as an experience park, which is ideal for people of all age groups. With numerous events in the fantasy village, they promise to provide you with an escape from the harsh realities of real life! An escape from reality is probably another thing that is common between this theme park and Taylor Swift’s song besides the similarity in their names.
It looks like Taylor is facing the ire of disgruntled people as there has been a recent spate of lawsuits against her. Another lawsuit is slowly making its way through the US court system. In 2017, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said that Swift’s song Shake It Off had plagiarised lyrics from their song Players Gon’ Play by the US girl group 3LW – both the songs have very similar lyrics. The lines in question being, “the players gonna play” and “the haters gonna hate.”
In 2018, a judge said the plagiarised lyrics were not uncommon or creative to be an infringement. However, an appeal in September 2020 overturned this decision. And the verdict of the court case was to go ahead with it once more. Swift’s team had this to say in her favor, Hall and Butler did not invent the phrases. And hence, they do not own the copyright for those phrases.
It looks like Taylor is in the thick of legal troubles. But we are sure with the help of her capable lawyers, and she will come out of them real soon.