Taylor Swift flipped through an old poetry book and decided to hijack the vibe and design for her own offering nearly a decade later — at least according to a new lawsuit.
A woman named Teresa La Dart has filed a suit against TS, claiming she and her company lifted crucial elements of her own published work — a 2010 book called “Lover” that includes poems, anecdotes and photos — for TayTay’s 2019 book of the same name.
Of course, Taylor has her “Lover” album … but this lady is going after her for the accompanying book she released as a companion piece to the hit record.
Per the docs, obtained by TMZ, La Dart insists the similarities between what she put out almost 10 years ago and what Taylor released are too close to ignore. She says her book was widely available and insinuates Taylor and co. saw it and then essentially created carbon copy — trying to pass it off as original.
As for what exactly she thinks is so alike between her book and Taylor’s … there’s a few things actually. Aside from sharing a title, La Dart claims the general concept of what Taylor did — a “recollection of past years memorialized in a combination of written and pictorial components,” according to La Dart — is exactly what her book is, to a T.
La Dart also claims the style of the photos featured on the cover/foreword are very similar … pointing specifically to the pastel pinks and blues in the color schemes of both books.
It might seem like a stretch for some, but La Dart clearly thinks the Swift book infringed on her copyright … and is now suing Taylor over it. She’s asking for more than a million dollars in damages, since she says TS’s book sold at least 2.9 million copies in the US alone.