9th Circ. Deletes Big Parts Of Taylor Swift Copyright Ruling

Law360 (December 6, 2019, 1:54 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday made unusual edits to a high-profile copyright ruling the court issued earlier this year against Taylor Swift, deleting entirely a colorful paragraph about how "dangerous" it is for judges to assess art.

The changes — issued without explanation — were made to an October decision that revived a lawsuit accusing Swift of ripping off the lyrics to "Shake It Off" from an earlier song that made similar mention of "haters" and "players."

A lower judge had tossed that case out last year because the lyrics were too unoriginal to be protected by copyright law, but the...

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