There’s something about Taylor Swift that brings out the weirdness in people: Like when Spotify used Swift’s lyrics to lure her back to the streaming service. Or when that farm created a corn maze to look like her face. Or when professional athletes lose their minds over “Shake It Off.”
That’s the song that inspired the latest bit of Swift-mania, this time courtesy of Los Angeles magistrate judge Gail Standish — who incorporated multiple Swift songs while dismissing a $42 million lawsuit filed by a singer who accused Swift of stealing his lyrics for her Grammy-nominated smash “Shake It Off.” Earlier this month, R&B musician Jessie Braham declared that the 2014 Swift tune (which she co-wrote with Max Martin and Shellback) swiped the majority of phrases from his 2013 song “Haters Gone Hate.”
“If Jessie Braham did not write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate’ then Taylor Swift would not have written the song ‘Shake It Off,'” his suit declared.
The suit was widely-deemed frivolous, so we can’t really blame anyone for having some fun with the legal ruling. If anything, we’re impressed at the judge’s incorporation of multiple Swift songs from the “1989” album. The “never, ever, ever get his case to court” and “Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit” are from “Shake It Off.” The “we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them” and “Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case” are from “Bad Blood.” She even name-checks “Blank Space”:
— Bill Donahue (@BDonahueLaw360) November 12, 2015
So, a definite win for legal writing. An actual win for Swift. And frankly, with the amount of publicity Jessie Braham got from this whole thing, it’s sort of a win for him too.