Taylor Swift and Sony ATV Music Publishing are facing a $42 million copyright infringement lawsuit for allegedly stealing the lyrics for Swift's hit song, Shake It Off. R&B artist Jessie Graham, who filed suit in California's Central District Court this past Wednesday on his own behalf (in lieu of legal counsel), claims that Swift took the lines for the chorus from his 2013 track, Haters Gone Hate, and he is taking her to court for it. According to his complaint, Graham alleges that he filed to register his copyrighted song in 2013 and that Swift stole "what is equal to 92% of the lyrics used in her song" from him.
Additionally, he told the Daily News: "Her hook is the same hook as mine. If I didn't write the song “Haters Gone Hate,” there wouldn't be a song called Shake It Off." Prior to filing suit, Graham claims he requested to be credited as a writer on Swift's track and for a selfie with the Grammy-winning artist, both of which were denied.
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