Taylor Swift ruffled many feathers last week when she decided to trademark lyrics from her album 1989. Most of the naysayers kept their opinions to the usual nasty tweet or meme variety, but not musician Ben Norton.
After America’s sweetheart trademarked phrases such as “This Sick Beat” and “Party like it’s 1989," Ben, a composer and “multi-instrumentalist," decided to go after the seemingly unstoppable pop star with his music. He took to his progressive metal project which he calls Peculate, to write, produce, and record a three-word song that will have even the most fearless of Swifties shaking in their Keds.
Yes, you heard correctly. The three words in question (used over and over in this case) are "this sick beat."
Norton posted the track on his website along with his thoughts on trademarking. "Trademarks are a direct attack on one of the most fundamental and inalienable rights of all: our freedom of speech,” he noted. “If you give the bourgeoisie an inch, they will take a mile… and everything else you have in the process. They have already privatized land, water, and words. After language, they will next try to privatize air. But, although the rich can try, they will never truly own the words we use and the language we speak.”
So far Swift has not responded to Norton’s song, but in all likelihood, she will simply shake it off… or perhaps start dating him? What do you predict?
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