A Judge Rejected a Taylor Swift Copyright Lawsuit Using Taylor Swift Lyrics
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WTXF) - A musician who tried to sue Taylor Swift for a staggering $42 million this week had his case dismissed - and to add insult to injury, the court decided to explain its decision using Swift's lyrics!
Here's the backstory. In 2013, Jessie Braham produced a song named "Haters Gone Hate."
After Swift came out with "Shake It Off" the following year, Braham brought a lawsuit against her, claiming that more than 90 percent of the lyrics in the pop anthem had originated in his song, according to BuzzFeed News.
In addition to damages, Braham demanded that he and his publisher's names be added to all future copies of the song.
A California judge roundly rejected that argument in #Swiftie fashion
"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.
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 BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case.
At least for the moment, defendants have shaken off this lawsuit."
Better luck next time, Jessie. Hear his song belong here.