A judge dismissed a case against Taylor Swift brought by two songwriters, who argued that the lyrics in her single, “Shake it Off”, infringed on their copyright. The judge ruled that the phrase “haters gonna hate”, lacked “the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection”, observing that American popular culture was already “heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters and player haters”.

The Economist, The world this week, 17 February 2018

Added to diary 19 February 2018