BH Buzz: Judge Dismisses Copyright Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift Using Her Own Lyrics

November 12, 2015 By Jordan Miller

Plus, new Ariana Grande, D∆WN, Hailee Steinfeld and more.


■ A California judge dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Taylor Swift that accused her of stealing another artist’s lyrics for “Shake It Off” in the best way possible — by using popular lyrics from Swift, reports CNN.

R&B singer Jesse Braham filed a $42 million lawsuit last week against the Swift because he claims her 1989 lead single, “Shake It Off,” steals a “key phrase” from a song he wrote in 2013 called “Haters Gone Hate.”

Specifically, “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” “Her hook is the same hook as mine,” Graham said. “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.’”

Braham was seeking $42 million in damages from Swift and Sony and wanted to be given a songwriter credit on the song.

The judge found Swift did not violate copyright laws and dismissed it using lyrics from her 2012 hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and 2015’s “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood” and “Shake It Off.”

“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.”

The judge ruled that Braham did not provide enough factual evidence.

We imagine Braham could build a pretty big castle after all the bricks the judge threw at him.

■ Listen to the solo version of Ariana Grande’s feature on Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” remix:

■ Check out D∆WN’s new song “Hollywould”:

■ Stream two more songs off Hailee Steinfeld’s Haiz EP out Friday (Nov. 13):

■ Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s new holiday commercial for Barnes & Noble airs Monday and was directed Jonas Åkerlund.


■ Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello share another couple teasers of their song/video for “I Know What You Did Last Summer”:

■ And finally, Disclosure dropped the “Magnets” VIP Remix featuring Lorde:

Did we leave anything out?