While we鈥檝e been busy singing away to Taylor Swift鈥檚 new music, a legal situation involving the megastar has been brewing behind the scenes 鈥 one that includes the 鈥Call It What You Want鈥 singer threatening to sue a blogger and, in turn, being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ordeal first began back on September 5, when Meghan Herning, an editor for the website PopFront, posted an article called 鈥淪wiftly to the alt-right: Taylor Swift subtly gets the lower case 鈥榢kk鈥 in formation with 鈥楲ook What You Made me Do鈥.鈥 The piece says that the 27-year-old鈥檚 music has reportedly been co-opted by the alt-right, adding that while there is 鈥渘o way鈥 to know whether Swift herself sympathizes with the movement, 鈥渉er silence has not gone unnoticed.鈥

On October 25, Herning received a letter from Swift鈥檚 lawyer demanding that the publication retract their statements and remove the story by October 24 (which was, notably, before the letter was dated). The letter also stated that the performer does, in fact, denounce the white supremacist movement, but requested that PopFront not publish the letter on grounds of copyright protection.

Not wanting to be 鈥渂ullied by high-paid lawyers or frightened into submission by legal jargon,鈥 according to Variety, the editor contacted the ACLU. 鈥淭hese scare tactics may have worked for Taylor in the past,鈥 she said, 鈥渂ut I am not backing down.鈥

The legal organization took a look at the circumstances and determined that there is no legal basis to the threat of a lawsuit. They鈥檝e also now published the letter from the celeb鈥檚 lawyers, claiming that copyright law does not apply because 鈥渢his is not a commercial use, and there is no market for this letter, in part because it is tied to the facts of this specific case.鈥

The ACLU referenced a few of Grammy winner鈥檚 own lyrics in their response, saying that 鈥渃riticism is never pleasant, but a celebrity has to shake it off, even if the critique may damage her reputation.鈥 They also added that 鈥渁pplying these fundamental constitutional principles to your four 鈥榟ideous falsehoods鈥 shows that not even in your wildest dreams can they constitute defamation.鈥

Finally, the ACLU is asking that the star and her lawyer respond by November 13 and commit to NOT pursuing any legal action against Herning and PopFront.

We鈥檒l have to wait and see if Taylor Swift does indeed shake it off or if she decides to take the legal action up a notch.

Do you think it鈥檚 fair of Taylor Swift鈥檚 lawyer to threaten Meghan Herning and PopFront in this case? Let us know @BritandCo!

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