A few days back, the pop singer Taylor Swift was sued for reportedly stealing lyrics and using it in her one of the hits, “Shake It off”. The judge dismissed the case but made it memorable for all by using few lines from the singer’s album in her judgement. Read further to know about this musical verdict.
Last Tuesday, while giving judgement on the copyright lawsuit United States District Court Judge Gail Standish surprisingly quoted few lyrics from Swift’s song. She said,
“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.”
Continuing with her judgment she further said, “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 Band Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”
The lawsuit was filed by musician Jessie Braham, who said that Swift copied lyrics from one of his songs, “Haters Gonna Hate” in her 2014 released “Shake it off”. (via CNN)
Lines that Braham used were, “Haters gonna hate, players gonna play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you every day” while Tay used somewhat similar lyrics that read, “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”, as well as “And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake”
As for compensation, he demanded $42 million from Swift and Sony, her record label. Apart from all this, the musician also put on a demand to be given a songwriter credit.
The the case was dismissed due to lack of proper evidence to prove the whole issue. Meanwhile, as Braham thinks of a new way to get justice, just shake it off while enjoying Swift’s tracks.
Photosource: Taylor Swift official website