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Taylor Swift Hit With Lawsuit Over Use of 'Lucky 13' in Clothing Line

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:45 AM

By Morgan Chilson

Taylor Swift has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from a company that claims the singer plastered the phrase "Lucky 13" on items from her clothing line without getting a license to do so.

Orange-County based Blue Sphere Inc., which manufactures Lucky 13 clothing and other products, filed the lawsuit in California on Tuesday, TheWrap.com reported.

In the lawsuit, Blue Sphere argues that Swift's use of "Lucky 13" is "malicious, fraudulent, deliberate, willfull (sic), intentional and in disregard of Plaintiffs' intellectual property rights."

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"There can be no doubt that Swift — who has an extensive trademark portfolio and numerous business and licensing partners, and whose record label is even named the 'Big Machine' — knows, understands and substantially profits from her carefully cultivated and meticulously managed trademarks and brand, image, and other intellectual property," the suit claims, according to The Wrap.

The lawsuit also knocks the singer for reportedly working with American Greeting Cards Corp. to hold "Lucky 13" greeting card contests.

According to The Wrap, Blue Sphere is demanding injunctive relief, Swift's profits, and its Lucky 13 lost profits and damages.

Swift’s fondness for the number 13 is well-known among her fans.

"Hi, I’m Taylor. I love the number 13," the singer says in the "About" section of her website.

She once explained her love of the number in an interview with MTV.com.

"I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro. Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter. Basically whenever a 13 comes up in my life, it’s a good thing," she said.

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