Taylor Swift: Dispute with Scooter Braun over song rights

Rights to songs
Taylor Swift: Are you banned from singing old songs?

Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun have trouble. Allegedly she is not allowed to sing her old songs on stage.

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Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun fight over song rights. Allegedly, Swift is not allowed to sing her old songs on stage.

Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta put stones in Taylor Swift’s way and reportedly prevent the singer from singing her older songs at the upcoming American Music Awards. The singer has now announced this on Twitter:

“Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I am not allowed to perform my old songs on TV,” writes Swift in the tweet. Borchetta is the founder of the Big Machine Label Group, a label that Braun bought in the summer. With this, Braun also secured the rights to Swift’s first six studio albums that were once created there. The performance therefore resembles a new recording of the music, which Swift will only be allowed to do in the coming year.

Swift also makes public that Netflix dedicated a documentary to her. Braun and Borchetta have forbidden to use older music Swifts and recordings of old performances for it. Borchetta allegedly told her team that they would allow Swift to use the music if she agreed not to record new versions of her songs in the coming year. In addition, Swift should no longer speak publicly about Borchetta and Braun.

Taylor Swift struggles

This sends her a clear message, as Swift explains. You tell her, “Be a good little girl and be calm or you will be punished.” That is absolutely wrong – and that’s why you are now asking your fans for help. “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know what you think.” She further referred to the two as “the men who exercised tyrannical control” over them. She only wants to play the music that she wrote.

At the moment it is not clear whether she can really perform at the American Music Awards and how things will go on with the Netflix documentary. Appearances at upcoming events until November 2020 are also uncertain. Fans, colleagues and friends of Swift quickly spoke up to support the singer. Model Gigi Hadid wrote about on Twitter: “Scott and Scooter, you know what would be right. Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate their music.”