Mid-South poet sues Taylor Swift for $1 million for copyright infringement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Taylor Swift is being sued by poet and author Teresa La Dart of Southaven, who claims Swift stole La Dart’s 2010 ‘Lover’ book design for the book accompanying Swift’s 2019 album of the same name .

The lawsuit, which alleges Swift violated copyright laws, was filed Tuesday in United States District Court in Memphis. One of La Dart’s claims is that the singer “a number of creative elements” from her self-published poetry collection “Lover” were copied by Swift for her own book “Lover” which accompanied a special edition of the CD. album.

“Lover” (Teresa’s Version) featured a list of poems Le Dart had written since he was 14 and was published in 2010. Fast forward nine years; The Dart couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Taylor Swift’s 2019 album “Lover” as well as a book that came with a special-edition CD version titled the same.

“It’s the entire book called ‘Lover’ – the whole thing,” La Dart said. “The composition of the book was taken from me in order to produce its CD.”

When asked if she believed any lyrics from the hit album were taken from her poetry book, La Dart said no. She did, however, tell Action News 5 that she enjoyed the album.

“I liked the songs, but for someone to take something like that, it’s wrong,” she said. “No one is above the law”

But, for better or for worse, she chose to fight a formidable enemy.

NOTE: Action News 5 has contacted Taylor Swift’s legal team for comment on the lawsuit. Since Sunday, we have had no news.

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