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Reputation as a copycat creep up on Taylor Swift

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 29 March 2018

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Taylor Swift is one of the most recognisable pop stars in the charts, with a number of her songs becoming big hits.

However, Swift seems to spend a lot of time with her intellectual property lawyers as she has yet again been accused of copyright infringement.

As reported on the reading room earlier in the year, Swift managed to side step a claim in respect of her song ‘Shake it off’.

However, she now has further issues in respect of her recent release, Delicate.

This time, however, it is not the song itself which is the issue but the corresponding music video.

The video released in line with the song has been accused of being a ‘blatant rip off’ of a 2016 Kenzo perfume advert which was directed by Spike Jonze.

There are a number of similarities highlighted between the two videos which have raised a few questions about Taylor’s originality.

Both videos share a plot, of a bored young woman at a fancy establishment who escapes to the hallways of the establishment and performs a crazy dance.

This is not where the similarities end as it has been noted that the camera angles, colours and choreography of the two videos are similar.

The similarities have not only been noted by those in the industry but also the general public who have highlighted on social media the number of similarities, also includes a mirroring of facial expressions.

An interesting point in this case is that a formal claim has not yet been filed and Kenzo are yet to releasing a comment on the matter.

Therefore, it is yet unclear if the case will progress, but it certainly doesn’t do Swift’s Reputation any favours.

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