TMZ reports that Taylor Swift is being sued by a man who says she stole his lyrics. And considering those signature, direct-from-a-diary-entry lyrics are at the foundation of Swift’s fame, it’s probably safe to say she’ll put this lawsuit to rest promptly.
Songwriter Jessie Braham says Tay’s hit song, “Shake It Off,” “borrows heavily” from a song he wrote in 2013 called, “Haters Gone Hate.” Braham’s lyrics are “Haters gone hater, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.” The issue, as he sees it, is that she repeats the first part of that phrase 70-times in her song, and that’s problematic.
While we’re no legal experts, this seems like a tenuous claim at best and a possible cash grab at worst. And when we say cash grab we mean Braham is seeking $42 million dollars and his name added to any new prints of the song.
Here’s his song if you want to listen for comparison:
Needless to say, we don’t exactly foresee ourselves getting that song stuck in our head the way “Shake It Off” did. Haters gonna hate.