Man suing Taylor Swift for copyright infringement says management denied him writing credit and selfie with the star
Published 02/11/2015 | 11:12
A man who is suing Taylor Swift for $42 million claims that he was denied his request for an official writing credit on 'Shake It Off' and a selfie with the superstar.
Jesse Braham, stage name Jesse Graham, claims that Swift "stole" the lyrics for her song 'Shake it off' from his song, 'Haters Gone Hate'.
He claims to have copyright ownership of both the phrases 'haters gonna hate' and 'players gonna play' which appear in his song as follows:
"Haters gonna hate / Players gonna play / Watch out for them fakers / They’ll fake you every day".
Graham(50), told the New York Daily News that Swift's "hook is the same as mine".
"If I didn't write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called 'Shake It Off'".
He added that Swift's 'repeatedly' management denied his original requests for an official writing credit and a 'selfie' with the singer.
"At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way", he told the Daily News.
The Guardian report that it's possible Swift has never heard Graham's song.