Taylor Swift says nobody is confusing her app with a Long Island computer store and wants the lawsuit accusing her of ripping off the owner’s work to be dismissed ASAP.
As The Blast previously reported, the singer was sued by Patrick Lloyd Yves Bénot, owner (and sole employee) of a company named SwiftLife, which does computer consulting services in New York.
Bénot said SwiftLife Computer Services was launched in 2007 and claims he trademarked the name SwiftLife in 2008.
But in December 2017, Bénot claims Swift launched her app, “The Swift Life,” which he claims infringes on his business. He says his company used to show up at the top of Google when you searched for “SwiftLife,” but now he shows up much further down.
He claims he has been flooded by emails from Swift fans who have confused his company with her app.
The man sued seeking damages for Swift’s alleged trademark infringement.
According to new court documents obtained by The Blast, Taylor Swift is requesting the lawsuit should be thrown out of court immediately.
The singer argues, “Plaintiff, a one-man computer repair company in Wantaugh L.I., has brought the wrong claims in the wrong venue, many of them against the wrong Defendants.”
Swift claims the man failed to reach out to her people to inform them of their alleged infringement before suing her, which is required by law. She claims his trademark does not cover phone apps but only for computer repair services.
The singer says nobody is confusing the computer shop and her phone app, saying they both work in different fields and market to entirely different consumers. She says the stuff she puts on her app in no way relates to computer services.
Swift is demanding the case be tossed and the judge should not allow him to demand documents from her until a decision is made on whether the case can go forward.