Taylor Swift, the world's first pop star synthesized from tween focus group data and a single strand of hair taken from a Kirsten American Girl doll, is making moves. Swift's legal team has applied to trademark five phrases from the lyrics to songs on 1989.
- “Party like it’s 1989”
- “This sick beat”
- “Cause we never go out of style”
- “Could show you incredible things”
- “Nice to meet you, where you been?"
If you're wondering why "shake it off" isn't on the list, that's because it was previously trademarked by a diet soda company. (Other notable omissions: the phrase "never ever," this facial expression and the very existence of cats.)
This news comes just days after Beyoncé shut down an Etsy seller hawking "Feyoncé" mugs. Will Taylor's legal claims affect America's burgeoning sad basement crafts industry?
As it turns out, no, probably not. We took a whirlwind tour through the wide world of Taylor Swift fans on Etsy, who manage to rip off plenty more lyrics besides those to which she's made legal claim.
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.