Taylor Swift has not only just won a lawsuit but also earned herself a new fan. A copyright lawsuit against the pop star over the lyrics to her hit single Shake It Off has been dismissed by a judge, who did so in the most creative way.
R'n'b singer Jesse Braham filed a $42m (£27.6m) lawsuit against Swift, 25, accusing her of stealing lyrics from his 2013 song, Haters Gone Hate, for her number one single that featured on her 2014 album, 1989. However, US District Court judge Gail Standish threw out Braham's lawsuit, stating he failed to produce evidence for his allegations.
According to CNN, in his lawsuit Braham claimed 92% of Shake It Off came from his track but the judge slammed those allegations by making reference to Swift's single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. The judge said: "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."
Judge Standish added: "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."
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Braham is said to have filed the lawsuit in the federal court without the assistance of a lawyer and requested his filing fees were waived as he has not been in employment since 2006. In addition to the compensation fee, it was previously reported that Braham had asked for songwriting credits on Shake It Off and the chance to take a picture with Swift.
Defending his allegations, the musician told the NY Daily News earlier in November: "Her hook is the same hook as mine. If I didn't write the song Haters Gone Hate, there wouldn't be a song called Shake It Off." The judge stated Braham could be the opportunity to file a complaint if deficiencies in original lawsuit are corrected.