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“Haters” May Hate But Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift Lawsuit

A US judge ruling on a lawsuit against Taylor Swift decided to “Shake It Off,” and dismiss the case. Swift was being sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler for similarities between their 2001 minor hit “Playas Gon’ Play” written for girl group 3LW and Swift’s 2014 mega hit “Shake It Off.” While the song “Playas Gon’ Play” experienced mediocre success, both songwriters have had notable careers individually, working with talent such as Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5, and Luther Vandross.

The issue at the case’s core was whether the lyrics “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were unique enough to warrant a copyright protection. Hall and Butler argued that the phrases were quintessential to the structure of their 2001 song and that Swift, in essence, had plagiarized their work.

The judge, Michael W. Fitzgerald, spoke strong words about the basis of the case, stating that Hall and Butler’s lyrics are “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act.” Fitzgerald argued that the phrases “playa” and “hater” were commonplace in culture prior to 2001 and did not originate with Hall and Butler. He also called the lyrics “banal,” claiming that “actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative” and could be compared to “runners gonna run” or “drummers gonna drum.” Hall and Butler were unhappy with decision. Their lawyer, Gerard Fox, was displeased that the judge didn’t seek out a music expert to give an opinion on the lyrics’ originality. Meanwhile, Swift will continue prepping for her Reputation Stadium Tour, which is set to kick off May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.

Federal Investigators Find That Some Charities Are Front

Federal investigators are suing four cancer related charity groups, which stand accused of using millions of donated dollars intended for cancer patients to support large salaries, gym memberships, grand luxury vacations, expensive cars and even various online dating website subscriptions. The lawsuit was filed against the “Cancer Fund of America”, “Children’s Cancer Fund of America”, “Cancer Support Services” and “The Breast Cancer Society”. During the course of their investigation officials found that all four organizations were run and managed by James Reynolds, Reynolds’ ex-wife as well as his son. Officials found that the combined charities collected more than $187 million during the period between 2008 to 2012. The federal lawsuit alleges that Reynolds and his key executives kept at least .97 cents from every dollar collected in donations and that the remaining .03 cents per dollar actually went to people dealing with the illness.

Federal officials, researchers and Bruce Karatz found that most donors gave money to the associations believing that the vast majority of the funds would go to various programs to help treat cancer patients or raise the awareness of Cancer preventive measures as well as assist in the paying of mammograms (brucekaratz.com).

In an official statement by Ms. Jessica Rich of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, Ms. Rich noted that the named defendants simply spent donations on personal cars, grand vacations, luxury cruises, college tuition, spa and gym membership, corporate jet ski outings, various sporting events, concert tickets, and numerous dating site memberships.
Cancer Charities Front for Personal Gain