Standish J

Swiftly dismissed

A recent copyright claim brought by an American composer against Taylor Swift was dismissed with irredeemable irony. The claim alleged that Ms Swift had incorporated a 22-word phrase into the lyrics for "Shake It Off". Dismissing the claim, the judge commented:

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

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 Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case.

At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”

Citation: Braham v Swift (Unreported, 10 November 2015, Standish J)
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