Taylor Swift wants the rights to her own music – and she may have just crossed an ethical border to get her. On Thursday afternoon, Swift asked her gigantic army of fans to connect with the talent manager of the music industry, Scooter Brown, and former label boss Scott Borchetta, to let them know how they feel when they try to get them out of their old hits To host television or use it in a forthcoming Netflix documentary.
For this request, Taylor's fans would of course have to how they should get in touch. So the fans immediately began to fuck the couple and publish the apparently private contact information of Braun and Borchetta ̵
Over a dozen people seem to be dojoing Brown and Borchetta on Twitter, but there is likely to be more – the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor is currently in vogue worldwide and Swift has just released the call to action in her Instagram stories as Good. The Verge has not confirmed that the phone numbers and addresses provided by the fans are legitimate, but we will not publish them if they are. While Swift's note may seem prudent at first sight, Doxen is a very serious matter, because there's no telling how a "passionate" anonymous fanbase will behave with those phone numbers and addresses when they're exposed, and it There is no way to put them back in the bottle when they are on the internet. It's not just about potential harassment on the phone. People died after being beaten, and one person called a wrong weapon or a bomb attack to get a SWAT team to burst into another person's house.
Both Twitter and Instagram have policies that prohibit doxing, and we've both contacted to ask if they're leaving Swift's mail on the Internet and what they're going to do about their controversial call to action. Instagram announces The Verge that posts containing the personal information of Braun and Borchetta will be added to a database in which the company may automatically delete other attempts to publish this information. Instagram also tells us that Taylor's contribution does not violate his policies. Twitter has not answered yet.
It may seem unfair that one of the greatest pop stars in the world does not have the right to record their own music – that's what this fight is about – and that does not use it the way it pleases. It's especially frustrating when the stories that Swift tells about how this music landed in Braun's hands are true. Last time we heard, Swift thought she had another chance to re-record her own original songs herself. She says she's still looking forward to the pictures she tweeted to – though she claims that Brown and Borchetta are holding their American Music Awards performance and Netflix documentary hostage, unless they're giving the idea of re-recording on.
But now it's effectively challenging its fans to go to war for them, in a way they can not control, and that's dangerous.
Update, November 15, 00:24 ET : Information from Instagram has been added.