L&C Daily: Pop Star Taylor Swift Tweets That Her Albums Were Sold From Underneath Her By Fmr Manager | Summary and Q&A

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November 17, 2020
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L&C Daily: Pop Star Taylor Swift Tweets That Her Albums Were Sold From Underneath Her By Fmr Manager

TL;DR

Taylor Swift expresses frustration over the sale of her master recordings, highlighting a controversial NDA that restricts her from speaking negatively about her former manager, Scooter Braun.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Did Taylor Swift have the opportunity to buy back her master recordings?

According to Swift's Twitter statement, she was not given a chance to bid on her own work and would have to sign a document silencing her forever before being allowed to bid.

Q: Is it common for NDAs to be used in music industry negotiations?

NDAs are typically used to protect sensitive information during settlement negotiations, but it is unusual to have an NDA that restricts an artist from speaking negatively about the other party in a negotiation to regain rights to their own work.

Q: Should Taylor Swift re-record her songs?

Re-recording her songs would allow Swift to regain control over her music and potentially make money from new recordings. However, it would require a significant investment of time and resources.

Q: Does Taylor Swift's large social media following affect the situation?

Swift's large following on social media has led to instances of harassment and death threats towards Scooter Braun in the past. This may give him a stronger argument for protection from her fans' reactions.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Taylor Swift accuses Scooter Braun of selling her master recordings to a private Equity Firm for $300 million without giving her a chance to buy them back.

  • Swift's legal team argues that the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) she was presented with is unusual and designed to silence her, comparing it to NDAs used to silence assault accusers.

  • Legal experts debate if Swift should re-record her songs to gain control over her music and whether she has a strong legal argument against Braun.

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