AML 082: I Made You “Famous!” – Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian & California’s “Eavesdropping” Laws (PC 632)

This week, the internet exploded after Kim Kardashian released footage of a recorded conversation between Kanye West and Taylor Swift showing that Swift had approved West’s use of her name in his recent song ‘Famous.’ When West released the audio version ‘Famous’ in February 2016, Swift publicly distanced herself from the song, said she found the song offensive and misogynistic. The footage, however, seemed to paint a different picture.

In response to Kim’s release, Swift issued a statement saying she did not agree to the use of the line “that b*tch” towards her. She also opposed to the recording of her conversation and that she never gave consent. In California, where the incident took place, it is a crime to record a private telephone conversation without the consent of ALL parties.

In this 82nd episode of The Africa Music Law Show, Ms. Uduak, host, provides legal commentary on the two key issues raised from this brouhaha:

  1. Can Kanye West legally use Taylor Swift’s name in his song ‘Famous’ without her permission?
  2. Can Kanye West legally record the conversation he had with Taylor Swift about ‘Famous’ without Taylor’s permission?

It’s a must listen to episode and must share! 

About The Africa Music Law Show with Ms. Uduak

Hosted by California based Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak), The Africa Music Law show is a show empowering the African artist through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews. The show has been downloaded over 100,000 times and made iTunes top 4 ‘New & Noteworthy.’ Subscribers include Africa & hollywood’s power executives, investors, lawyers, artists and other industry stakeholders. The blog itself has been cited in a U.S. top-ranked law school’s ‘International Law Review’ journal. Country demographic: Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%). 

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at https://msuduak.com.

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