Kim Kardashian Posts Recorded Taylor Swift Phone Call – The Legal Issues
July, 18, 2016–Los Angeles, California–If it is in fact true that Kanye West recorded (and later published) a telephone conversation he had with Taylor Swift, it is both the very definition of chutzpah and walks both he and Kim down a thorny legal path.
TAYLOR SWIFT PHONE CALLED RECORDED
Anyone who plans to record telephone calls, or even face-to-face conversations (including recording video that captures sound) better familiarize themselves with the laws that apply (and there are many!).
Federal Law Violation
It is potentially a violation of both federal law and state law to do so. One of the big issues to come up, and which is likely at play here, is the one vs. two-party recording laws.
There are several states (including California – the state where both Kim and Kanye live) that are two-party states, meaning both sides to the conversation must know of and consent to the recording. It’s unknown at this time what Kim’s role was, but it is not much of a stretch to think that she could be viewed as a co-conspirator in any action taken, especially because she apparently played such a vital role in publishing this to the world.
Whether Taylor will ultimately sue is another question entirely. Generally, it is more difficult to make out claims of defamation for those who are celebrities, but given the damage to Taylor’s reputation (at least thus far in the Twitterverse), she may be able to make this out, and it is certainly something her legal team must be considering.
As to any criminal charges (on a state or federal level), no one but the government has control over whether those will be brought.
Only one thing is certain at this point: We have not heard the last of this dispute.
Watch Kim Kardashian Video Post
KIM IS LEAKING THE VIDEO ON SNAPCHAT pic.twitter.com/iVgm97wwER
— Will (@BADDlEWILL) July 18, 2016
Here is the entire conversation Taylor & Kanye had, judge for yourself. pic.twitter.com/InTjvPGKe3
— ShadyPopMusic (@ShadyPopMusic) July 18, 2016
Taylor Swift’s Response on Twitter
That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/4GJqdyykQu
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 18, 2016
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