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Herning, 30, shared the letter with another recent law school grad, lawyer friends and a favorite law professor. Then, she sought counsel from the ACLU’s Northern California branch in San Francisco.

“Intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable,” ACLU attorney Matt Cagle said. “Not in her wildest dreams can Ms. Swift use copyright law to suppress this exposure of a threat to constitutionally protected speech.”

“This is a completely unsupported attempt to suppress constitutionally protected speech,” added ACLU lawyer Michael Risher.

In its response, the ACLU lawyers wrote, “The blog post is a mix of core political speech and critical commentary; it discusses current politics in this country, the recent rise of white supremacy, and the fact that some white supremacists have apparently embraced Ms. Swift, along with a critical interpretation of some of Ms. Swift’s music, lyrics, and videos.”

Since the dispute surfaced Monday, Herning has been pilloried online by thousands of Swift fans, but she’s glad she spoke up.

“This is a First Amendment issue,” Herning said. “Taylor Swift is trying to silence us.”

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington