Taylor Swift in Trouble With the ACLU as “Reputation” Release Date Looms
Nothing like a little legal drama to overshadow the release of new music.
Taylor Swift is embroiled in a bit of a legal mess as she gears up for the release of her new record, Reputation, as her camp has threatened a critic who wrote a less-than-favorable review of the album.
Talk about negative press!
Somehow, the 27-year-old's team got a hold of a blog post on small leftist music blog PopFront, that basically talks about how politically right-leaning people are more embracing of the pop star's music, Vulture reports.
As a result, the megastar's legal team is going after the writer of the article, but she's not exactly intimidated by their threats.
“The press should not be bullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon," PopFront's Megan Heron said in a statement.
"These scare tactics may have worked for Taylor in the past, but I am not backing down.”
Still, according to a press release from the ACLU, Taylor's legal team demanded Megan take down the article, which they deemed as “provably false and defamatory,” or else they would "proceed with litigation."
However, the ACLU insists Tay's team has no case, as the article is merely based in opinion rather than fact.
The organization's lawyer, Michael Risher, even had a little fun with puns in his response.
“Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable. Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech."
See what he did there?
The letter continued, “Criticism is never pleasant, but a celebrity has to shake it off, even if the critique may damage her reputation.”
Speaking of reputation, the highly-anticipated album comes out this Friday, November 10. And after some overeager Swifties leaked the tracklist online, Tay officially released it herself:
Anyone else psyched for another duet with Ed Sheeran?!
Meanwhile, the Grammy-winner's fans will have to wait a little longer to stream the album online.
According to Bloomberg, representatives for the singer have been in touch with the various streaming companies — such as Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music — to let them know it won't be available to stream on those sites until at least a week after its Friday debut.
The "Look What You Made Me Do" singer has been one of the most vocal in musical artists' fight against streaming, saying album downloads and purchasing physical copies are more lucrative for them than streaming.
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