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Judge inserts Taylor Swift lyrics into judgment as she dismisses copyright claim against singer

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“The Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court”

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A California judge has thrown out a plagiarism claim made against pop-royalty Taylor Swift in the best possible way — by using lyrics penned by the music star herself.

District Court Judge Gail Standish dismissed a claim filed by fellow musician Jessie Braham, who alleged that Swift’s 2014 hit ‘Shake It Off’ used lyrics from his copyrighted song ‘Haters Gone Hate’.

Seeking $42 million in damages from Swift and her record label Sony, Braham claimed that 92% of Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics were lifted from his song, and that the 25-year-old popstar would never have written the bestselling track had he not written ‘Haters Gone Hate’.

But the judge was having none of it. Throwing the case out of court, Standish ruled that the claimant had not provided enough factual evidence to prove that his allegations were more than simple speculation.

In her dismissal, Standish gave a brilliant judgment jam-packed with some of Swift’s most recognisable lyrics. Referencing the star’s hit singles ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’, ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Blank Space’ and, the offending track itself, ‘Shake It Off’, Standish produced this epic paragraph:

Judg

Unlucky, Jessie Braham.

13 Comments

mdg

Fuck Denning. This judge wins.

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Anonymous

Fuck Denning anyway, he was a hack.

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Disgusting of Tonbridge Swells

How very dare you insult the late, great Maestro of the Rolls!

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Anonymous

Pathetic pandering by the judge. He took humour too far and it’s just cringey.

P.s. I await others to chip in with Taylor Swift lyric puns now.

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Anonymous

He? The Judge is female. Shows how well you read the article/judgment!

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Anonymous

Typical female. She needs to take her judgments seriously. Doing this sort of thing undermines the great work of women like Charlotte Proudman.

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Anonymous

Typical female? Please don’t make such broad claims. That’s rude half of the human race.

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Anonymous

Think he/she was taking this piss out of Proudman, bro.

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Anonymous

haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate

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Laws, DJ

I much prefer quoting the lyrics from Mozart’s Requiem while giving murder judgements. People tell me the tune sticks in their head all day.

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Anonymous

As clever as it was, the judge shouldn’t have done that. Clear bias… not that I’m against it but it’s still pretty unprofessional

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Anne

EEE EEE EEEEE!!!

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Anonymous

Ur a weird troll

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