Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Taylor Swift Copyrighting Her Song Lines: A Fool’s Errand?

Even though some unscrupulous fashion accessory manufacturers had taken advantage of the “hooks” of her most recent and most popular songs, does patenting them a “fool’s errand”? 

By:Ringo Bones 

So Taylor Swift is already in the process of “patenting” the hooks of his latest hits because she thinks everyone is ripping her off. It is very Quixotic in every sense of the word, but does Taylor Swift’s “reactive” action against fashion accessory manufacturers riding the coat-tails of the popularity of her recent hit singles and album – i.e. 1989 – nothing more than a fool’s errand? 

From my own perspective – and past experiences as a working musician on of copyrighting your own works – I think “This sick beat” is probably stood out as one of the more unique of Taylor Swift’s hooks. Then again, it might have already been widely used by either hip-hop pioneers Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash back in 1976. And the most difficult to copyright of all – “Party Like Its 1989” – had been oft used by music critics since 1992 to poke fun at hair metal groups who still crack the Top 10 of the Billboard Album and Singles Charts at a time when Nirvana and other “Seattle Grunge” bands were already reaching multi-platinum status, so good luck with that, Taylor Swift. 

Even though Taylor Swift – like she said – “We’ll Never Probably Go Out Of Style”, even if she succeeds in copyrighting and patenting the hooks of her most recent hit singles, other more soulful working musicians may hate her for it. Given Taylor Swift’s US Republican Party leanings while adopting a “Bohemian” lifestyle as a well-paid musician could easily make her be labelled as “hypocritical”, liberal haters – even though they shun away from violent acts – are the most persistent of all. Will she be able to “Shake It Off” like those leaked racy Instagram photos from former lovers John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal?


Je M'Apelle Ja'Nelle said...

Maybe Taylor Swift should "copyright" those Instagram photos of her performing fellatio on John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal.

VaneSSa said...

Taylor Swift "trademarking" her song's hooks and recent song lines form her 1989 album is a fool's errand indeed. Maybe she is better of "trademarking" those Instagram photos of her performing fellatio on Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer.

April Rain said...

If Taylor Swift can copyright or trademark her latest songs' hooks, then maybe U.S. Vice President Joe Biden could copyright or trademark his iconic "President Obama has a bog stick...." speech.

Ringo said...

US Vice President Joe Biden copyrighting / trademarking his "President Obama has a big stick" phrase? Maybe it would be bigger than Taylor Swift's hooks.