Taylor Swift's Lawyers Threatening Guitar Teacher With Legal Action Over Website Name
Recently, Taylor Swift's lawyers have taken on Etsy for making Swift-related items and moved to trademark a number of phrases from her recently released 1989 album. Now, New York's Daily News reports that Swift's team is threatening legal action against Ronnie Cremer -- who says he helped the star learn guitar -- for buying the domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com.
"I don't want to burn any bridges," Cremer told the Daily News in January before saying that he helped a young Swift record a demo, gave her guitar lessons twice a week, and introduced her to the music-technology program Ableton. He eventually parted ways with the Swift family, suggesting to the reporter that Swift's mother was "a bull in a china shop" who made her daughter eat salad when she wanted Taco Bell.
When reached by Billboard, Swift's reps had no comment.
Cremer bought ITaughtTaylorSwift.com after the story came out. According to the Daily News, lawyers got in touch with him on Feb. 6, suggesting that his website "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."
Now Cremer reports feeling bullied by both Swift's legal team and her fans. "I'm not giving back the domain name," he said. "GoDaddy sold it to me."
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said that her legal team was suing Cremer.