Generally speaking, disputes over intellectual property rights don't make tabloid headlines.
Then again, such conflicts usually don't involve the most valuable music catalog of the 20th century and a singer who's known for publicizing every aspect of her personal life.
As you may recall, music mogul Scooter Braun bought the publishing rights to Taylor Swift's music back in July.
Swift was accused of bullying Braun and his employees when she tweeted about the situation and essentially sicced her legion of fans on the people who took advantage of a business deal she passed on.
This was an ill-considered move, as Taylor's acolytes number in the tens of millions, and any group that large is bound to include quite a few loose cannons.
It's understandable that Taylor may have been caught up in the heat of the moment, but it's the responsibility of every influential public figure to avoid using their platform in a way that might endanger others.
Unfortunately, instead of dialing back her comments and keeping this battle to a courtroom where it belongs, Taylor doubled down this week and accused Braun of preventing her from performing her songs at the American Music Awards.
Braun refrained from commenting on the situation for six months, but it seems things got out of control this week following Taylor's latest tweet storm, and the manager of Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato felt he had no choice but to speak out:
“I just think we live in a time of toxic division, and of people thinking that social media is the appropriate place to air out on each other and not have conversations," Braun said while speaking at the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference on Thursday.
"I don’t like politicians doing it. I don’t like anybody doing it,” he added.
Yes, Braun played the Trump card by subtly comparing Taylor's behavior to that of our tweet-happy president.
We're sure that one stung.
“It’s hard because I can handle it pretty easily, but when it gets to a place where there’s death threats and there’s offices being called and people being threatened … it’s gotten out of hand,” Braun continued.
“Right now, we’re in a scary time where people say things and then people might not be in the right mindset and do really horrible things.”
Unfortunately, the situation continued to deteriorate as the day went on, and Braun arrived home in the evening to find that his wife had received a threatening phone call:
"Since your public statement last week, there have been numerous death threats directed at my family," Braun wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
"This morning I spoke out for the first time saying I would not participate in a social media war," he added.
"I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children," the mogul continued.
Braun went on to point out that Swift may have unwittingly played a role in his family's current plight:
"I assume this was not your intention but it is important that you understand that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways," he wrote.
"While I am frustrated with your accusations and respectfully disagree with many of your statements, it is important that I am clear -- no artist should ever feel cornered or bullied," Braun continued.
"I have spent my entire career in service of creatives and artists, never the other way around."
In case there was any doubt about the seriousness of the situation, he posted this photographic evidence of the harassment his family and staff have endured:
Braun concluded with a parting shot that seems designed to bring Taylor to the bargaining table:
"Many have told me that a meeting will never happen as this is not about truth or resolution but instead a narrative for you," he wrote.
"I am hopeful this is not the case."
Here's hoping these two can settle their differences before anyone else gets dragged into the fray.