Jessie Braham claimed that his song “Haters Gone Hate” had the same 22-word phrase that Swift used in her song. Braham said he copyrighted the “Haters Gone Hate” song in February 2013. He claimed in the lawsuit that 92% of Taylor Swift‘s song came from his song. Braham’s song has the lyrics “Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.”
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.
United States District Court Judge Gail Standish tossed the suit filed by musician Jessie Braham. She dismissed a copyright lawsuit against the pop star that accused her of stealing another artist’s lyrics for her hit song “Shake It Off.”
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