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Kacey Musgraves Puts Hammer Down on Stolen Work: ‘Think Before You Buy’

Heads up! This sign was found being sold in a major western wear chain. (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. It's a huge problem I face every day. There are correct ways to go about using intellectual property to sell and it's not being done. And yeah, sure, it's flattering and it's "getting my message out there" but I've got bills to pay, too. Theft is not a compliment. (My livelihood is my songwriting) Anyway, it just makes me kinda sad and I wanted y'all to know that I currently have not authorized any of my lyrics to be put on anything for sale in ANY major retailers or boutiques of any kind. If you support me and my music please just go to my website and shop or come to a show. And please lemme know if you see anything out there. I'm down to fight it. This happens to SO many writers. Think before you buy. The product might be cute but stealing ain't.

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Kacey Musgraves does not shy away from voicing her opinion on topics that matter deeply to her.

Over the weekend, the singer shared her opinion on people stealing her intellectual property after having found her lyrics painted on wood and sold at various stores and online retailers.

“Heads up! This sign was found being sold in a major western wear chain. (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,” she writes on Instagram alongside a photo while holding a sign with her lyrics painted on it. “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. It’s a huge problem I face every day.”

Musgraves goes on to explain that there are, in fact, correct ways to go about using intellectual property to sell, but it’s not being done. While she admits it is flattering to get her “message out there” she, like everyone else, has bills to pay.

“Theft is not a compliment. (My livelihood is my songwriting) Anyway, it just makes me kinda sad and I wanted y’all to know that I currently have not authorized any of my lyrics to be put on anything for sale in ANY major retailers or boutiques of any kind,” she adds. “If you support me and my music please just go to my website and shop or come to a show. And please lemme know if you see anything out there. I’m down to fight it. This happens to SO many writers. Think before you buy. The product might be cute but stealing ain’t.”

Her lyrics aren’t the only thing Musgraves has had stolen lately. The singer was the victim of a car break-in last month, during which she had two pair of boots stolen. She made the most of it, however, and wrote a song about it.

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