Bad news if you were looking to engrave ‘party like it’s 1989′ on your napkin holders and ‘this sick beat’ on your wind chimes, because Taylor Swift has gone and applied for a trademark on those phrases, meaning use of her words on such items will be banned.
Yep, we’ll soon all have to ask Tay’s permission to ‘shake it off’ in the clubs (and in general life) as she’s applied to trademark a bunch of the best lyrics from songs on her latest album.
We’re kinda gutted, but the range of items covered by the trademarks is so incredible, that we can’t help but smile.
Even if we are slowly coming to terms with the idea that we’ll have to tweet Tay EVERY. SINGLE. TIME ‘Shake it Off’ comes on in the morning. Can we text ya instead, Tay?
No? Okay then.
According to reports, the 25-year-old has taken the measures to stop her phrases appearing on unauthorised mechandise (smart).
The legal database Justia says she’s applied to trademark the following phrases:
• “Party like it’s 1989”
• “This sick beat”
• “Cause we never go out of style”
• “Could show you incredible things”
• “Nice to meet you, where you been?”.
Bad news if you were planning to pop the last one on an apron as some sort of chat-up line.
Although that would be pretty weird, tbh.
The full list of items covered by her trademarks is pretty extensive and pretty bizarre too, but includes everything from guitar straps and other accessories to removable tattoos, t-shirts and stickers.
And then there’s the, er, stranger items, including, according to Rolling Stone and The Guardian: typewriters, walking sticks, non-medicated toiletries, Christmas stockings, “knitting implements,” pot holders, lanyards, aprons, whalebone, napkin holders, wind chimes, cookware and the particularly ominous collection of “whips, harness and saddlery.”
Sorry, relatives, if you were hoping for some Taylor Swift wind chimes for Christmas. Back to the drawing board.
TayTay has actually taken to trademarking before, with her name, signature and initials all copyrighted, as well as the titles of her albums ‘Fearless’ and ‘Speak Now.’
Talk about protecting yourself!
Obviously this is a good move to stop traders selling unauthorised merchandise, especially in today’s growing markets.
Still gutted about the wind chimes though.
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