- Congressman thinks Taylor Swift should lay off trademarking "1989"
- Swift has sought to trademark many phrases associated with her brand
The Michigan Republican's sour note followed reports that Taylor Swift's rights-management company has filed for trademark requests on use of -- among other words -- the number "1989," which is the year of her birth and the name of her fifth studio release.
to a Washington Post story
asking, "For Taylor Swift's birthday, should she get to trademark her birth year?"
"No," Amash tweeted.
Swift, who has a hyper vigilant
reputation when it comes to legally protecting her music, celebrated her 26th birthday Sunday and wrapped up her "1989" world tour a day prior.
Fans of Swift were not pleased of Amash's critical tune, tweeting "hater" to Amash and others quoting lyrics from Swift's "Shake it Off."
"Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate," one tweeted.
While another asked Amash to "shake it off."
Amash playfully responded "Whoa. That phrase is probably trademarked. Careful what you tweet," mocking Swift, who has already copyrighted phrases
like "Party like it's 1989" and "This Sick Beat."
Amash previously opposed
the "Stop Online Piracy Act"
-- a proposed bill that aims to crack down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that host or facilitate the trading of pirated content. A vote on the legislation was indefinitely postponed
in 2013 after protests.