November 3, 2015

Entropy upodate: Taylor Swift sued for $42 million for writing these words

As the market for good words declines, decent authors, poets and lyricists will be sad to learn this:

ABC, Australia - Pop star Taylor Swift is being sued by an R&B artist for $US42 million for allegedly copying the lyrics to her hit song Shake It Off. Jesse Braham, 50, filed the suit claiming the chorus of Swift's anthem borrowed from his own work Haters Gone Hate and that there was "no way" she came up with the lyrics independently of his song. Shake It Off includes the lines "cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate," while Graham's song contains the phrase "haters gonna hate, players gonna play"

In other words, Graham considers his words  - based on a common cliched construction   used thousands of times before him -  worth $7 million apiece. But as they say, hustlers are gonna hustle. 


Anonymous said...

This fellow should have simply said his song inspired Swift, and used that connection to get people interested in his is past work. This would be a surer way to make some money off of Swift's popularity. The lawsuit will only make him look foolish.

fritz said...

care to give example of the thousands of times others have used those phrases in songs?