The saga between Swift and Scooter continues. Taylor Swift was asked to perform a medley of her biggest hits at the American Music Awards. Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta told Swift that legally, she cannot perform any of the old music she recorded at the American Music Awards. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year," Swift summarized the legal dispute.
"It makes me sick and extremely angry. I don’t mind if there may be retaliation. This is my opinion. It’s greed, manipulation and power. There is no heart or thought of anyone else’s. No respect for the words my friend has written since she was a 14 year old in her bedroom. You robbed and crushed one of our best songwriters of our time an opportunity to celebrate all of her music with fans and the world.”
“I have known Taylor for 13 years. She is the most dedicated, fearless, feisty, strongest woman I’ve ever known. People can say b----, but what I’m saying to you is that it’s called a woman with true identity and strength who takes no s---. I listened to Fearless before it came out and I just remember us jumping on a bed and she was just sparkling, so proud of her diary being read by the whole world. Nervous of people not liking it…but that became one of the biggest records — an album that saved so many young women who felt alone.”
The rift between Swift and Scooter began when Taylor left Big Machine Records in 2018 after Scooter gave her an ultimatum. In order to stay with the record company, she would have to record a new album for every old album she wanted to retain the rights to. In June, Scooter obtained the right to Taylor's masters and Big Machine Records for $300 million. Despite the settlement back in June, Scooter and Scott are far from done taking legal action against Swift.
They also are barring her from using old footage of her performing the songs in her Netflix documentary. Swift explained, "Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something i’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun.” Swift has a big decision to make.