Somewhat ironically, the controversy surrounding Kanye West’s “Famous” has probably become more well known than the song itself. But in case you’ve managed to stay off the internet over the last — oh, let’s call it six months, a quick recap:
The Life of Pablo track contains the lyrics, “Feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous.” Kanye said he received Taylor Swift’s permission to use the lyrics, while Swift maintained she never okayed the track at all. Kim Kardashian joined the fray by saying there was video of Swift and Kanye talking on the phone about the song, which Swift threatened to sue over if it were ever released. Then Kardashian did leak the video, and Swift called the whole thing “character assassination” because Kanye never mentioned the “bitch” portion of the lyric.
Now we’re just waiting on the lawyers… right?
Wrong. According to TMZ, Swift won’t be able to prosecute over the video even though she didn’t know she was being taped. California law has it that releasing a secretly recorded “confidential communication” is illegal, but that term doesn’t apply when said conversation “may be overheard.” Apparently, the full video shows producer Rick Rubin (clearly seen in the tape portions Kardashian released) and others joined the discussion, meaning the conversation wasn’t private and therefore not protected under the CA law as written.
It seems the Swift v. Kimye case will never make its way to a courtroom, but there are good odds this bad blood will hit a recording booth at some point.