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

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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?

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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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Africa Music Law™
AFRICA MUSIC LAW™ (AML) is a pioneering music business and entertainment law blog and podcast show by Fashion and Entertainment Lawyer Ms. Uduak Oduok empowering the African artist and Africa’s rapidly evolving entertainment industry through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews.

Ms. Uduak is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her law firm’s intellectual property law, media, business, fashion, and entertainment law practice areas. For over seventeen years, as an attorney, she has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients in the USA, Africa, and Asia. Her work and contributions to the creative industry have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, The American University School of Law and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA including ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine.

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