Taylor Swift weathering dumb $42 million 'Shake it Off' lawsuit - Metro US

Taylor Swift weathering dumb $42 million ‘Shake it Off’ lawsuit

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It’s possible Taylor Swift won’t even notice, but she’s being sued by R&B singer Jesse Braham for $42 million over claims that she ripped off lyrics from his 2013 track “Haters Gone Hate” for her hit “Shake it Off,” according to the NYDaily News. But don’t worry, it’s not going to get very far. “Mr. Braham, who is representing himself, cannot claim copyright protection for the phrases ‘haters gone hate’ and ‘players gone play,'” a legal expert tells Perez Hilton. ‘The Copyright Act does not protect short phrases, and these phrases are not original to him.”

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Despite this, Braham — who is also thinking about suing CNN for naming their morning show “New Day” — is adamant that he’s in the right. “At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way,” he says. Oh man, wouldn’t it be hilarious if, because of that quote, he got sued by the “Frozen” folks?

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