Taylor SwiftEvermore Park’s legal team gives Evermore Park a taste of its own medicine, filing a lawsuit against the Utah amusement park in response to a $ 2 million lawsuit filed against the singer for the merchandise from his latest album.
TAS Rights Management, Swift’s trademark and music rights team, allege the theme park is also guilty of copyright infringement, as unlicensed and unauthorized songs by the pop star were routinely played. used in Evermore Park performances. They specifically cite the use of “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” and “Bad Blood,” according to legal documents obtained by Rolling stone.
And apparently it wasn’t just the Swift team that warned the park to play their music without the proper license. The counter-suit claims that Evermore has also repeatedly ignored emails, phone calls and letters regarding this matter sent by BMI, the organization that defends performing rights and collects license fees on behalf of musicians. . The lawsuit claims that Evermore Park “blatantly ignored BMI’s numerous notifications and instead chose to continue to benefit from the free and unauthorized public performance of [the songs], despite real knowledge of the liability and significant penalties imposed by the Copyright Act to protect artists. He also claims that Evermore and its CEO, Ken bretschneider, only contacted BMI “looking for a retroactive license that would cover all performance” from 2018 to 2021 after learning of TAS Rights Management’s impending lawsuit.
In early February, Evermore Park filed a lawsuit against Swift, claiming the merchandise for its new record Always infringes the brand name of their amusement park. The park is seeking $ 2 million in damages, claiming that Swift’s merchandise negatively impacted sales of its own branded products, as well as its Google search traffic, a claim by a representative of the pop star described as “frivolous”, pointing out that “Utah Affairs said, ‘[Bretschneider] owes millions of dollars in construction, mechanical and landscaping costs to workers across the valley who have yet to be paid “… with” a collection of over 20 building liens on the Evermore property. ” The true intention of this trial should be obvious. “
TAS seeks “enhanced statutory damages” from Evermore Park for every work and performance violated. A representative from Evermore Park was not immediately available for comment.
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