Judge quotes Taylor Swift lyrics while dismissing plagiarism lawsuit against singer

Jesse Graham had sued Swift for $42m (£27m) after claiming she copied his lyrics for her hit 'Shake It Off'

A judge in the US has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit filed against singer Taylor Swift by quoting the pop star’s own lyrics.

R&B singer Jesse Graham recently filed a $42m (£27m) lawsuit against Swift, arguing that her 2014 hit single ‘Shake It Off’ ripped off one of his songs.

Graham believed that the ‘Shake It Off’ chorus lifts lyrics from his 2013 track ‘Haters Gone Hate’ and says there is “no way” Swift penned the lyrics independently of his song.

Graham’s song contains the lyrics: “Haters gonna hate/Players gonna play/Watch out for them fakers/They’ll fake you every day”, while Swift’s song contains the chorus: “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”.

US district court judge Gail Standish dismissed Graham’s claims, ruling that there was little evidence other than speculation that Swift may have copied his song.

In throwing the case out of court, Standish quoted several Swift songs in her statement. She said: “At present, the Court is not saying that Braham [Graham’s actual surname] 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 in Part II, Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case,” Standish continued.

Standish concluded: “At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”

Hear both songs beneath.


Earlier this week, Swift settled out of court with a US clothing company that accused her of copyright infringement. Blue Sphere, a clothing company based in California, had alleged that the singer infringed on its ‘Lucky 13’ trademark for her own run of T-shirts.

Swift, meanwhile, also recently filed a countersuit against former US radio host David Mueller. The DJ, who worked for KYGO-FM in Denver, filed a lawsuit in September against the ‘Bad Blood’ star, alleging he was falsely accused of “lifting Swift’s skirt with his hand and touching her bottom”.