Taylor Swift vs. Fans

Yo yo yo imma let you finish…

Taylor Swift doesn’t want you to sell your homemade fan memorabilia on Etsy. She may send you a Christmas gift, visit sick you in the hospital, or respond to your comment on social media (all of which just so happened to be captured on video) but she doesn’t mind taking you to court.

When I was a teen I brought artwork from one of my favorite musician’s albums to an airbrush artist so I could rock the image on a t-shirt. Honestly, it looked like shit and I paid 3 times more than I would have if the shirt was available through the band, but it was one of a kind and I loved that.

Was that stealing? Maybe, but it was free promotion for the band and even if I sold the shitty t-shirt I wouldn’t have gotten rich.  I owned every piece of memorabilia they offered, I just took my fandom to a different level with my airbrushed shirt.

Taylor Swift’s hardcore fans are making items like bracelets, mugs, art, key chains, t-shirts, shoes, cellphone cases etc. In my opinion, the only way this could be construed as stealing is if a fan was selling an item identical to one that Swift sells herself. The young star was smart (or evil) enough to trademark lyrics like “this sick beat” which will only help her case against the fans that sell handmade items with her lyrics. Can you imagine the threat of a lawsuit from your rich and powerful idol? You’d probably be shitting bricks.



Sure, she probably has a case here, but isn’t she rich enough? Are any of these fans making any real money off of this? Are they taking money out of her pocket?  I highly doubt it. Quite frankly, I  just think this makes Swift look like an ass, but it won’t deter me from singing along to her catchy songs… at least not yet.


Megan Hawkey is the co-founder of Riot-Nerd. She is a 34-year-old concert photographer. She lives in Fishtown with her supportive husband and their 2 rescued Pitbull mixes.
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