Taylor Swift rejects 'baseless' lawsuit from Utah theme park Evermore

Pop star is sued for copyright infringement by attraction with same name as her latest No 1 album

Taylor Swift has been sued for copyright infringement by a theme park in Utah that shares the name of her hit album Evermore.

The theme park owners allege that Swift’s album, released in December 2020, has confused visitors and negatively affected the park’s prominence on search engines, and that their merchandise designs have also been infringed upon. They are seeking to claim damages as well as their legal costs.

Visitors reportedly asked “whether the Evermore album was the result of a collaboration between Evermore and Taylor Swift or some other type of relationship” with the park, according to their human resources director.

Representatives for Swift have called the lawsuit “baseless … frivolous and irresponsible”, adding: “It is inconceivable that there is any likelihood of confusion between your client’s theme park and related products and Ms Swift’s music and related products.”

Evermore, released less than five months after her previous album Folklore, reached No 1 in the US and UK, her sixth consecutive album to do so.

Another lawsuit brought against Swift is slowly making its way through the US court system. In 2017, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged that Swift’s song Shake It Off had plagiarised lyrics from their song Players Gon’ Play by US girl group 3LW – both songs feature the lyrics “the players gonna play” and “the haters gonna hate”.

In 2018, a judge ruled that the lyrical conceit was not sufficiently creative to be deemed an infringement, but the decision was overturned on appeal, and in September 2020 the court case was confirmed to go ahead once more.

Swift’s team maintain that Hall and Butler “did not invent these common phrases nor are they the first to use them in a song. We are confident the true writers of Shake It Off will prevail again.”

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Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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