Judge uses Taylor Swift lyrics to dismiss copyright lawsuit

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CALIFORNIA — The judge in the copyright infringement case between Taylor Swift and Jesse Braham dismissed the case in true ‘Swiftie’ fashion.

Braham filed a lawsuit against Swift for $42 million, claiming he coined the phrase “haters gonna hate” in his 2013 song, “Haters Gone Hate.”

You’ll recall the lyrics “players gonna play play play play play, and the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate” from Swift’s song “Shake It Off.”

However, neither artist composed that mantra, so the case was dismissed… using lyrics from various Taylor Swift songs.

Judge Gail Standish wrote the following:

“At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, 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 Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”

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