Emma Watson Compares Taylor Swift's Copyright Battle to a Key 'Little Women' Scene

Emma Watson used Taylor Swift's current copyright battle with Scooter Braun to explain the modern relevance of a key Little Women scene.

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If she ever decides to retire from acting (which, hopefully, she won't), Emma Watson (opens in new tab) would make an excellent English professor.

Need proof? During an interview on the red carpet for the New York premiere of Little Women (opens in new tab), Watson drew a perfect parallel between a key plot point in the Louisa May Alcott classic and something currently going down in the pop culture sphere.

Specifically, Watson compared Taylor Swift's ongoing copyright battle with Scooter Braun (opens in new tab)'s Big Machine Records to the moment in Little Women (opens in new tab) when Jo March asks for the copyrights to the novel she wrote.

"It’s about believing in yourself and knowing your worth and owning your worth," Watson told Variety (opens in new tab). "Right now, the Taylor Swift situation is a great example of, you know, you’re young and you’re talented and someone wants to buy your work, but having ownership at the end of the day is super, super important because you don’t know what someone’s going to decide to do with that."

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And, if Taylor Swift analogies (opens in new tab) don't make the story's themes click with you, Watson also had a great Monopoly analogy (opens in new tab) on hand and ready to go.

"I think people undervalue ownership," she added. "You know when you play Monopoly and you have a decision and you want to own something or get cash fast. The way to win Monopoly, everyone, is to own stuff. I’m just saying."

Sign us up for Professor Watson's (opens in new tab) English Lit and Pop Culture lecture series, please.

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