Taylor Swift is getting litigious lately!
The Blank Space singer may have shaken off her feud with Kanye West, but now she has a brand new beef — with an old pal.
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Taylor has told the story many times of the computer tech who taught her some guitar chords.
Well, that man was Ronnie Cremer, and he just turned his former student into a powerful enemy.
Ronnie bought the domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com, and Tay-Tay's lawyers were NOT happy! TAS Rights Management demanded he take down the site.
According to their letter:
"[ ITaughtTaylorSwift.com ] incorporates the famous Taylor Swift trademark in its entirety and suggests TAS's sponsorship or endorsement of your website. The Domain Name and your use of the Domain Name are also highly likely to dilute, and to tarnish, the famous Taylor Swift trademark."
How is he going to tarnish Taylor's name?
Well, it starts with the story he's telling.
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According to Ronnie, it wasn't a twist of fate that led him to teach Taylor guitar; it was her parents hiring him to do so. Cremer says he worked with Taylor for over two years, showing her both how to play and how to record her own music.
We all need teachers, so we're not sure why Taylor would want to cover up how much Cremer helped her.
She was still quite young — maybe she just romanticized the tale?
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Either way, it's clear Taylor's team isn't happy with Ronnie's version of events OR the name of the site on which he wants to tell it. But Cremer refuses to give up ITaughtTaylorSwift.com. He says:
"I almost feel like they were trying to bully me a little bit. I'm not giving back the domain name. I mean, Go Daddy sold it to me."
Well, if Taylor's people have their way, he might not have a choice.
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