​Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’ Lawsuit Gets Off To Bad Start

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Nov. 3, 2015

Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off lawsuit is getting off to a rough start after an R&B singer is demanding $42 for allegedly stealing his lyrics. R&B singer Jesse Braham has claimed in legal papers she stole the words from a song he wrote in 2013 called “Haters Gone Hate,” according to BBC.

The lawsuit states that Braham, 50, wrote the lyrics: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play; And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” of his song, which contains the phrase: “Haters gonna hate, players gonna play.” Swift, 25, has yet to respond to the Shake It Off allegations.

Although the two songs bear little resemblance beyond those words, Braham is certain he has a winning case. “Her hook is the same as mine. If I didn’t write the song Haters Gone Hate, there wouldn’t be a song called Shake It Off.”

Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off lawsuit from Jesse Braham

Braham said he noticed the similarity between the songs when he saw the pop star it on The Ellen DeGeneres Show several months ago, which prompted Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off lawsuit. He spoke to representatives from Sony and her record label Big Machine initially asking to be named as a writer and requesting that the artist, who has millions of fans worldwide, including 65 million on Twitter alone, pose for a selfie with him.

However, he was reportedly dismissed by Swift’s team and told his claim to ownership of the lyrics had no merit. He said that he was going to let the issue go but then decided to file a lawsuit against Taylor because “this song is my song all the way.”

The pop star’s camp declined to comment on the allegations. Braham, who runs a church organization called New Day Worldwide, said he also plans to file a lawsuit against CNN for the title of its morning show “New Day.”

It is the latest legal woe for Swift, after a former Denver radio host sued her after he said he lost his job because of false accusations that he inappropriately touched her during a photo session. In her sexual discrimination case Taylor has asked for a full jury trial and will donate any compensation to charity.

However it looks like the Taylor Swift lawsuit could be over before it even began as legal experts say artists cannot sue over the use of such a short phrase.

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A legal source tells us: “Mr. Braham, who is representing himself, cannot claim copyright protection for the phrases ‘haters gone hate’ and ‘playas gone play’ because the Copyright Act does not protect short phrases and these phrases are not original to him.” The Shake It Off song has more lyrics than just this little phrase, but Braham disagrees.

Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off lawsuit is just one problem in the court of law. It will be interesting to see how far this case goes, if it will be a jury trial, or if a judge tosses it.

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