Taylor Swift’s The Swift Life lifestyle app allows Swift fans to receive exclusive updates and content from the singer, share photos and other content with one another, with in-app purchases ranging from $2.99 to $29.99. Fans were excited, but one person in particular was not a fan: Patrick Bénot, CEO and owner of Long Island-based computer consulting services company SwiftLife.
Last week, Bénot and his SwiftLife company filed suit against the singer, her production company, rights management company TAS, and app maker Glu Games in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, claiming the app infringed upon his company’s intellectual property for SwiftLife. The lawsuit alleged Swift and her representation “without first obtaining SwiftLife’s written consent or a license from SwiftLife” acted with conduct that was “malicious, fraudulent, deliberate, willful, intentional, and in complete disregard of plaintiff’s intellectual property rights.”
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