Taylor Swift Countersues Evermore Theme Park Owners!
According to reports, Taylor Swift is countersuing a theme park for playing her music without a license. Wow, go Tay Tay. – Taylor Swift Countersues Evermore…
CelebnMusic247.com reports that Tay Tay was recently hit by a lawsuit from the owners of Utah’s Evermore Park, who have accused her of trademark infringement over her ‘Evermore’ album and related merchandise.
Well, it appears her trademark and music rights team, TAS Rights Management, have now hit back by filing a suit of their own.
Taylors Swifts team has accused the attraction of playing her songs on their grounds “without authorization or license agreement”.
We already know who is going to win this lawsuit.
Anyways, documents obtained by Rolling Stone included two letters sent by performance rights organization BMI to the theme park in August and September 2019, with the countersuit claiming the organization had reached out to Evermore Park several times but only received a response when they were told of the impending countersuit.
One letter stated:
In the past, letters have been mailed to your attention along with licenses reflecting your music usage fee of $1,728.67 (USD) for the period of May 2019 to December 2019 only.
This fee does not include all other unlicensed periods in which you were using music.
Evermore Park vs Taylor Swift Lawsuit Details:
The lawsuit specifically references the park’s use of Taylor’s songs ‘Love Story’, ‘You Belong With Me’, and ‘Bad Blood’ and is seeking damages for each individual infringement on the 31-year-old star’s work and performance.
In the original lawsuit, Evermore Park claimed Taylor’s similarly-named album had caused “actual confusion”, which negatively affected the attraction’s online presence, as well as infringing on its marketing and merchandise and impacting its visitors.
According to court documents, theme park visitors asked staff whether “‘Evermore’ album was the result of a collaboration between Evermore and Taylor Swift or some other type of relationship.”
The suit included photographs of Evermore Park’s merchandise and argued Taylor was offering similar products, which would be counterfeit as a result of their own trademark.
Taylor even received a cease-and-desist letter from the theme park.
Swift’s Team Call Lawsuit “Baseless”:
Her lawyers branded the claims “baseless” and insisted that Taylor hadn’t infringed on the trademark, pointing out she hasn’t released items sold at the park, such as small dragon eggs, guild patches, and dragon mounts.
Swift is seeking at least $2 million in damages – “frivolous” and suggested park owners were just looking for money, pointing out their apparent financial woes.
This whole lawsuit has created “Bad Blood” with Swift and maybe it will help put them on the map.