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Judge uses Taylor Swift lyrics to dismiss lawsuit against singer

Taylor Swift's songs are ubiquitous worldwide - and apparently her lyrics are also being used in court judgments.

Musician Jessie Braham sued Taylor Swift late last month, alleging that "92 per cent" of Shake It Off was derived from his own song "Haters Gone Hate".

Swift's massive hit has the lyrics: "Cause the players gonna play, play play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate... And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake."

Meanwhile Braham's song lyrics included: "Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you every day."

Braham owns the copyright for phrases "haters gone hate" and "playas gone play".

Unfortunately for Braham, the case was swiftly (pun intended) dismissed.

United States District Court judge Gail Standish assessed that Braham did not provide enough in the way of actual factual evidence.

But things got a little more interesting when Standish used Swift lyrics in her dismissal.

See if you can spot which songs the judge makes reference to in the dismissal below (we even provide clues in bold).

She said: "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 real 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... Braham may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit."

So will judge Standish be part of Taylor Swift's expanding girl squad now?

Sources: Vanity Fair, CNN

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