How much merit do you think Jesse Graham's lawsuit against Taylor Swift have?
Graham, an R&B artist, claims the lyrics of Swift's song "Shake It Off" rips off a key phrase from his 2013 slow jam song "Haters Gonna Hate" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=808MLaHcBs4). He's suing Swift for $42 mil.
I heard about this on the news this morning. They played a clip of the R&B guy's song and it bore no resemblance to Swift's song. They also pointed out that the phrase "haters gonna hate" is a common Internet meme, which is probably where Swift picked it up.
All I can say is... good luck to the R&B guy. He's going to need it.
None. You can't own a common phrase (yet) and musically there is no semblance whatsoever and even if that phrase could be owned, it isn't original to the guy suing anyway, which makes it really just dumb
I don't follow celebrities and their scandals and disagreements. To me, it doesn't matter. They are people, just like the rest of us, and what is going on in their personal lives is really none of our business.
I hate that the media focuses on this kind of trivia instead of reporting on things that actually matter and impact our daily lives and the choices we make for our government. (And I'm not going into THAT other can of worms here...)
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