Patricia Krentcil may take Taylor Swift to court on her hit song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

Patricia Krentcil isn’t a big fan of pop star Taylor Swift. That much we all know. But Swift could face the backlash of Krentcil’s songwriting acumen as a judge recently said that the question…

Patricia Krentcil may take Taylor Swift to court on her hit song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

Patricia Krentcil isn’t a big fan of pop star Taylor Swift. That much we all know. But Swift could face the backlash of Krentcil’s songwriting acumen as a judge recently said that the question of whether Krentcil authored a song and copyright infringement of Swift’s chart-topping lyrics could go to trial.

In 2015, Krentcil — a mother who was convicted in 2014 of exposing her 4-year-old daughter to her boyfriend’s semi-automatic pistol — filed a lawsuit against Swift and the company that makes her daughter’s costume. In court documents, Krentcil accused Swift of reusing her child’s costume, and thus falsely copying her artistry in the music video for the 2017 song “Look What You Made Me Do,” according to The Washington Post.

Krentcil’s costume was inspired by the Peter Pan costume first worn by her daughter, Giselle, in 2011. In her suit, Krentcil’s lawyer writes that her costume uses “pictures, emotions, or themes of lost innocence, rape, death, and destruction.” By claiming that her daughter’s costume plagiarized Swift’s work, Krentcil also alleges that her daughter is being exploited.

Although a judge denied Swift’s motion to dismiss, he said it was unclear whether Swift stole Krentcil’s lyrics. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Jeffery White said the issue could go to trial.

“Plaintiff’s lyrics are likely to be taken as composed … but the lack of evidence to support an artistic interpretation of Plaintiff’s lyric beyond that the author is Giselle is not enough to establish a claim for infringement,” White wrote.

Swift has strongly defended the track and used the case as an example of ageism in the music industry. Krentcil’s lawyer accused Swift of being uneducated and incompetent.

The suit was dismissed in March 2018.

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