Judge Throws Out Taylor Swift Lawsuit Using Her Own Lyrics, Because Law Can Be Fun
Someone’s a swiftie.
For some reason, it feels like every week somebody new is suing Taylor Swift. It’s like a trend or something.
Well, the latest guy trying to swindle Swifty out of some cash has failed quite spectacularly – and has even been sassed by a judge quoting Taylor’s lyrics at him.
Jessie Braham filed a suit against the singer’s hit ‘Shake It Off’, accusing her of stealing his lyrics from his own song ‘Haters Gone Hate’.
Braham claimed Taylor’s track was ’92%’ taken from his, which is just a little bit hilarious since we’re pretty sure he didn’t invent the phrase ‘haters gonna hate’, but whatever.
After seeking $42 million in damages from Tay (and even asking for a writing credit on her single), United States District Court Judge Gail Standish opted to throw out the lawsuit.
But it wasn’t as simple and boring as that, because she decided to use a bunch of Taylor lyrics to do it… Does that mean she owes her money now?
As the judge dismissed the case, she wrote: “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… 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."
Keep doing you, United States District Court Judge Gail Standish. Keep doing you.
- By Charlotte Warwick