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Kacey Musgraves Sounds Off About Unauthorized Use of Lyrics

02/10/2016
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(Radio.com) 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 a photo on Instagram and addressed an issue she's been facing.

"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! Read what she had to say here.

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