Taylor Swift avoids court appearance over 'Lucky 13' copyright infringement case [Watch Video]

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Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California August 30, 2015. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Taylor Swift prevented herself from having to appear in court over a copyright infringement case filed against her by Orange County-based clothing company Blue Sphere. According to recent reports, the singer has agreed to a settlement to put an end to the year-long legal battle.

The full details of the settlement remain confidential between Swift and Blue Sphere. This means the “Shake It Off” singer can finally let go of any “Bad Blood” between her and the clothing company. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Swift agreed to the settlement just in time when she was scheduled to submit her testimony over the copyright infringement case.

The case was filed against Swift back in May of 2014 by Blue Sphere owner Robert Kloetzly. Kloetzly had alleged the singer, who sells t-shirts with the “Lucky 13” written on them through her online store, of illegally using the same trademark on her merchandise.

In the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Kloetzly had described Swift as someone who “likes fast cars and dangerous men who drive them inappropriately.” His description reportedly coincidentally also speaks for the marketing target of the company.

Kloetzly further asserted in the lawsuit that the singer’s music video for her song “I Knew You Were Trouble” can be mistaken as a promotional ad for Blue Sphere. The video reportedly “depicts stylish, attractive, tattooed individuals in provocative situations,” which is what Lucky 13 is said to be all about.

The copyright infringement case had demanded that Swift shut down her merchandising site. Kloetzly had also demanded that Blue Sphere be paid for damages or all proceeds be given to the company, whichever is greater.

NME.com reports that Kloetzly indicated on his lawsuit that Swift hijacked his company by aiming for the same target market that Blue Sphere has been selling to since 1991. The company owner accused the singer of copying his business by slapping the “Lucky 13” trademark on her merchandise, be it t-shirts and accessories, without his permission.

NME claimed it is possible that Kloetzly was only bullying the singer to a settlement. The Hollywood Reporter added that Swift had previously also complained of having received “harassment” from the opposing party over her copyright infringement case.


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