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Taylor Swift Is Being Accused Of Stealing The Lyrics To "Shake It Off"

"The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case," Taylor's spokesperson said.

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You may remember that back in 2015, Taylor was sued for $42 million by a musician who claimed she'd stolen one of the song's most recognisable lyrics from his work.

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Jesse Graham (whose real name is Jessie Braham) filed a lawsuit against Taylor, claiming Taylor stole the lyrics "the haters gonna hate / the players gonna play" from a song he wrote in 2013.

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The judge in that case dismissed the lawsuit just a few days later with this statement:

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 in Part II, Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.

But a spokesperson for Taylor told BuzzFeed News that the claim was "ridiculous", calling it "nothing more than a money grab".

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"The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case," the rep said.

BuzzFeed News has attempted to contact Nathan Butler and Sean Hall for comment.

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