A copyright suit brought against Taylor Swift has been dismissed today by United States District Court Judge Gail Standish. In the filing musician Jessie Braham claimed Swift’s “Shake It Off” lifted 22 words from his song “Haters Gone Hate.” It was, by all accounts a flimsy case, and the judge’s reaction in her decision, in which she quoted numerous Swift lyrics, shows how seriously she took the matter as CNN reports.
Brahm’s song included the lyrics “Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.” You know what the lyrics to Swift’s song are.
“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,” the judge wrote. “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 … Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”