Dahl notes that most recording artists in a similar position as Swift regarding copyrights – “and maybe it’s time for that to change.”
Taylor Swift rereleased and expanded her 2012 album “Red” earlier this month, delighting her fan base and setting social media alight with takes on new lyrics and scuttlebutt on the additional songs.
Swift has been rerecording her first six albums in an effort to gain ownership of her music catalog after her former label sold the original masters to music tycoon Scooter Braun. Now, iHeartRadio, the nation’s largest chain of radio stations, has said their stations will only play titles from the new “Red (Taylor’s Version)” album.
Why would a powerful artist like Swift not own her own music? Penn Today reached out to Cynthia Dahl, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law and the director of the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic, to talk about music copyright and the Swift controversy.