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Update, 10/14: CNN reports (opens in new tab) that the case against Taylor Swift was dropped earlier this week—but not without a hefty dose of shade for the songwriter Jessie Braham, who had claimed Swift stole his lyrics.
California judge Gail Standish dismissed the $42 million lawsuit against the pop superstar in a way that suggests she miiiiight be a pretty true-blue Swiftie. In her cheeky dismissal order, Standish referenced lyrics from no fewer than four T.Swift singles—including "We Are Never Getting Back Together," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood," and "Shake It Off"—concluding that "at least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit." *So punny*
See the full text here:
A ridiculous Taylor Swift dismissal order is the only way to toss out a ridiculous Taylor Swift #copyright lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/5JAc7iAzVzNovember 12, 2015
Original Post, 11/1: TMZ reports (opens in new tab) that Taylor Swift is being sued by a man who says she stole his lyrics. And considering those signature, direct-from-a-diary-entry lyrics are at the foundation of Swift's fame, it's probably safe to say she'll put this lawsuit to rest promptly.
Songwriter Jessie Braham says Tay's hit song, "Shake It Off," "borrows heavily" from a song he wrote in 2013 called, "Haters Gone Hate." Braham says his lyrics are "Haters gone hater, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you everyday." The issue, as he sees it, is that she repeats the first part of that phrase 70-times in her song, and that's problematic.
Ummm... I'm no legal eagle, but this seems like a tenuous claim at best and a possible cash grab at worst. And when I'm saying cash grab, Braham is seeking $42 million dollars and his name added to any new prints of the song.
Here's his song if you want to listen for comparison:
Identical, right? (LOL.)
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