Judge uses Taylor Swift lyrics to ‘shake off’ copyright lawsuit

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(WKRN/CNN) – A California judge dismissed a case again pop superstar Taylor Swift on Tuesday, cleverly using the singer’s lyrics in her decision.

The lawsuit was filed by Jessie Braham who claimed his song “Haters Gone Hate” had the same lyrics as Swift’s hit “Shake It Off,” CNN reports.

He further claimed 92 percent of Swift’s song came from his, which he said was copyrighted in 2013.

Braham’s song has the lyrics, “Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you every day.”

Swift’s song includes the lyrics, “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.”

It was on her latest album “1989,” released in 2014.

In dismissing the case Tuesday, Judge Gail Standish used several of Swift’s lyrics in the conclusion, including some from Swift’s 2012 hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and recent hit “Bad Blood.”

The judge ruled Braham did not provide enough evidence in the case and his allegations did not rise above a speculative level. See the full case here.

The conclusion says, in full:

“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 Complanit has a bank space—one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation of Part II, Braham may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in this case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”

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