Taylor Swift is being sued for $42million over the lyrics of her hit single Shake It Off. She released the hit track last year but R&B artist Jesse Braham, who goes by the stage name Jesse Graham, claims she took the lyrics from his 2013 song Haters Gone Hate.
Mr Graham, 50, says Taylor’s lyrics: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play; And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate; And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.’ ” were lifted from the words of his song Haters Gone Hate, which contains the phrase: “Haters gone hater, playas gone play… Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday”.
He told the the words were lifted and used in Taylor’s song, in which she sings:
Saying that he wants to be recognised on the track, he told the New York Daily News: “At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way.
A legal source told Perez Hilton: ‘Mr. Braham, who is representing himself, cannot claim copyright protection for the phrases ‘haters gone hater’ and ‘playas gone play’.
‘The Copyright Act does not protect short phrases and these phrases are not original to him’
IBT reports that Braham also plans on filing a lawsuit against CNN for the title of its morning show New Day.