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Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift Copyright Lawsuit Using the Singer's Lyrics



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    Taylor Swift just shook off another lawsuit with the help of one witty judge.

    Earlier this month E! reported that R&B singer Jessie Braham was suing the 25-year-old songstress for $42 million over her "Shake It Off" lyrics, claiming 92 percent of her lyrics were taken from him.

    He said Swift's chorus ("Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate") lifts from his 2013 song "Haters Gonna Hate," which contains the lyrics, "Haters gonna hate / players gonna play."

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    He even went as far as saying "Shake It Off" wouldn't exist if it wasn't for him.

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    However, a clever California judge ruled that he did not have enough factual evidence to support his case and dismissed the lawsuit using Swift's lyrics from "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" to do so.

    "At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court," the judge wrote, according to CNN. "But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them."

    She continues, "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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