Kacey Musgraves Calls Out Unauthorized Use of Lyrics

By Erin Duvall

The debate about stealing music has been raging on since the invention of Napster (and even before that with home taping). However, if you’re buying merchandise with lyrics on it, you could be perpetuating a similar offense.  Kacey Musgraves posted the below photo on Instagram and addressed an issue she’s been facing.

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“Heads up! This sign was found being sold in a major corporate western wear chain,” she wrote. “(It’s now pulled off the shelves) but it, along with SO MANY other countless items with my song lyrics [and sometimes my name] are being illegally manufactured and sold in not only major chains but in smaller retailers too. My lyrics are being ripped off so many times and, naturally, nobody buying this stuff would ever know that the people who actually CREATED these lyrics are seeing ZERO benefits.”

What harm could it cause by using a few lyrics on a sign? Well, Musgraves goes on to point out that her songwriting is  her livelihood and like everyone else, she’s got bills to pay, too!

“Anyway, it just makes me kinda sad and I wanted y’all to know that I currently have not authorized any of my lyrics to be put on anything for sale in ANY major retailers or boutiques of any kind,” she adds. “If you support me and my music please just go to my website and shop or come to a show. And please lemme know if you see anything out there. I’m down to fight it. This happens to SO many writers. Think before you buy. The product might be cute but stealing ain’t.”

Heads up! This sign was found being sold in a major corporate western wear chain. (It's now pulled off the shelves) but it, along with SO MANY other countless items with my song lyrics [and sometimes my name] are being illegally manufactured and sold in not only major chains but in smaller retailers too. My lyrics are being ripped off so many times and, naturally, nobody buying this stuff would ever know that the people who actually CREATED these lyrics are seeing ZERO benefits. It's a huge problem I face every day. There are correct ways to go about using intellectual property to sell and it's not being done. And yeah, sure, it's flattering and it's "getting my message out there" but I've got bills to pay, too. Theft is not a compliment. (My livelihood is my songwriting) Anyway, it just makes me kinda sad and I wanted y'all to know that I currently have not authorized any of my lyrics to be put on anything for sale in ANY major retailers or boutiques of any kind. If you support me and my music please just go to my website and shop or come to a show. And please lemme know if you see anything out there. I'm down to fight it. This happens to SO many writers. Think before you buy. The product might be cute but stealing ain't. ** editing to say that what IS legal is putting a song title on something. What IS NOT legal is using a complete lyric and much less, my name. **

A photo posted by KACEY MUSGRAVES (@spaceykacey) on

 

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