Lawsuit Over 'Shake It Off' Lyrics Dismissed
November 16, 2015 at 3:24 AM (PT)
UNITED STATES District Court Judge GAIL STANDISH quoted lyrics from other TAYLOR SWIFT songs as she dismissed a lawsuit filed by musician JESSIE BRAHAM who claimed that his song "Haters Gone Hate" was used by SWIFT in her song, "Shake It Off."
In court papers, BRAHAM said he copyrighted "Haters Gone Hate" in FEBRUARY 2013, and said 92% of SWIFT's hit came from his song.
In dismissing the case, STANDISH quoted lyrics from SWIFT's 2012 song, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," ruling, "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."
CNN reports, "BRAHAM filed the suit in federal court himself without an attorney. He also asked the court to waive various filing fees, saying he last had a job in 2006. He was seeking $42 million in damages from SWIFT and SONY, her record label. BRAHAM also wanted to be given a songwriter credit."