Image Credits: Getty Images

This summer, Taylor Swift spoke out when Scooter Braun, her nemesis, bought the record label she used to be signed to. This meant that he now owned all of her master recordings and albums before her album Lover. In fact, she was denied the opportunity to buy her masters from Big Machine Records. The feud heated up again last night when Taylor Swift took to social media to update her fans on some behind the scenes drama between her and her former record label. In case you missed it, here is what she said:

Guys – It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year. Additionally – and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news – Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years. Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.

Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun.

I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate. The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.

This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.

Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work. Please ask them for help with this – I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote. I’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.

I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything. Right now my performance at the AMA’s, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark.

I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.

Taylor”

Of course, many people are taking to social media to share their opinions including her fans, other artists, etc., which is to be as expected. However; I think capitalists should be at the first line of defense for Taylor Swift owning her own work. Here’s why. 

The right to own what you have created is at the core of capitalism. Believers in capitalism believe that whatever you have created should be yours. You should own what you create. Yes, that means you should own the rights to it. So, Taylor Swift should own the music she wrote and created from the time she was just 14 years old. Unfortunately, when you sign to a label, many contracts currently state that the label has the rights to own your music, master recordings, etc. Just because that’s the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it should be. In fact, there is a United States senator from Tennessee that is fighting for artists to own their own work. Her name is Senator Marsha Blackburn. This can be a big moment for the music industry to change it’s ways and capitalists should be at the forefront. 

While many use the argument that it’s Taylor Swift’s fault that she signed a contact with Big Machine Records when she was 14 years old and that’s just how businesses work, you can imagine how unfair it is to be blocked from performing the songs you wrote and created. Many artists would never imagine that a record company would then hold your music hostage. The saga between Taylor Swift, Scott Borschetta, and Scooter Braun is far from over. Unfortunately it will become a “he said, she said” but the reality is that the way the current function of the music industry is exactly what capitalist should be fighting against. It’s time for a music industry reformation. 

Taylor Swift owning and performing her own music shouldn’t be up for debate. There are a considerable amount of conservatives and self proclaimed capitalists coming after her, not based on the issue at hand, but rather because she has come out in support of Democrats and against President Trump. Politics aside, we, as conservatives and capitalists, should be defending Taylor Swift’s right to own and perform her own music — regardless of whether we’re fans or not of her. 

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
Follow Caroline on Twitter!