Swift settles T-shirt claim, and walks away free from plagiarism claim

December 2015

Record music, music publishing, merchandising



Taylor Swift has settled out of court with a US clothing company that accused her of copyright infringement. Blue Sphere, a clothing company based in California, had alleged that the singer infringed on its ‘Lucky 13’ trademark for her own run of T-shirts. The company’s head, Robert Kloetzly, accused Swift of targeting a similar audience to that of Blue Sphere. Swift’s lawyers responded by alleging that Kloetzly attempted to bully their client into a settlement. The settlement means that Swift  will not have to face deposition. The full details of the settlement are confidential between the two parties.


And U.S. District Court Judge Gail Standish has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Taylor Swift by using some lyrical terminology. Musician and songwriter Jessie Braham has accused Swift of stealing “Shake It Off” lyrics from his song “Haters Gonna Hate,” and attested that he had the song copyrighted back in February. Braham was suing Swift for $42 million in damages and a writing credit on her hit song. Standish wrote, “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.”



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