The Butterscotch Don strikes again! According to BuzzFeed, Tracy Flick’s long-lost sister Taylor Swift has sent her lawyers after all her fans making things inspired by their favorite professional singing prom queen and selling it on Etsy, therefore stealing precious pennies out of her gold-lined strawberry-scented pockets. Watch out, 9-year-old girls who write Taylor Swift lyrics on their Trapper Keepers – you’re next.
It all started last month when several Etsy sellers started receiving cease-and-desist letters from Tay Tay’s legal team (Shortcake, Sunshine, & Wink LLP) telling them to knock it off with all the knock-off Taylor Swift items they were making and selling. Items like candles, mugs, hand-made t-shirts, and cross-stitches. All of which have been taken down and removed from their respective Etsy shops, since they’re considered by Tay’s lawyers to be trademark infringement. Apparently, anything picture of Tay Tay’s folk art face (save for the 1.9 million pap shots taken of her exiting her apartment every week) is owned by TAS Rights Management. By the way, TAS = Taylor Allison Swift. Lord love a duck, even her brand management company has her name on it.
And speaking of trademark infringement, those crafty fans shouldn’t even think about making any new Taylor Swift-inspired items for their Etsy shops, because Tay Tay has recently applied for a bunch of trademarks for several lyrics from her latest album 1989, including the phrase “this sick beat”. “Don’t worry, you can have it” said the remaining 3 fratboys who still use the word sick.
And I would love it if during all this trademark infringement drama, Tay Tay received a letter from Dick Wolf and Shonda Rhimes saying “Yeah, so our layers told us that your cats are named after trademarked characters from our TV shows…“