US judge shakes off Taylor Swift lawsuit

A California judge has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against singer Taylor Swift – amusingly, by quoting the lyrics to some of her biggest chart hits.

The Pennsylvania-born pop sensation was being sued for £27 million for allegedly stealing the lyrics for her song Shake It Off.

As reported on AAA, US R&B artist Jesse Braham  – who goes by the stage name Jesse Graham –  claimed in legal papers that Swift stole the words from a song he wrote in 2013, called Haters Gone Hate.

But US district court judge Gail Standish disagreed and took the chance to steal the headlines by quoting some Swift lyrics.

In a written statement throwing out the suit, Standish lifted lyrics from We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Blank Space and Bad Blood.

“At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court.

“But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them,” Standish wrote.

The judge ruled that Braham didn’t provide enough evidence and said for now, the claim’s just speculation.

“As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space – one that requires Braham to do more than write his name.

“And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation in Part II, Braham may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case,” Standish wrote.

Braham, however, will be able to file a new complaint if he can sort out some of the problems the judge had with this one.

“At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit,” Standish concluded.

Shake It Off topped music charts around the world and reached the number two spot in the UK. The video for the song has been viewed more than 1.1 billion times on YouTube.

Braham’s lyrics are: “Haters gone hate/players gone play. Watch out for the fakers/they’ll fake you every day.”

Some of the lyrics in Swift’s 2014 hit are: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Apart from the lyrical similarity, the two songs bear no resemblance musically.

Braham had previously said he believed there was “no way” Swift could have penned the lyrics independently of his song.

“Her hook is the same hook as mine,” he told the New York Post. “If I didn’t write the song Haters Gone Hate, there wouldn’t be a song called Shake It Off.”