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.