Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

Taylor Swift's

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

The lyrics to their song include: "Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate." .

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Unfortunately for Hall and Butler, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald granted Swift's lawyers' motion to dismiss the lawsuit with the reasoning that the phrases are too commonly used to be copyrighted. Her victory, per Variety, comes four months after songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged that Swift ripped off their 2001 song for 3LW "Playas Gon' Play" which contains lines like "The playas gon' play/ Them haters gonna hate". The songwriters will have a chance to offer additional evidence to support their case before is officially dismissed on February 26th and, if that doesn't work out, the pair intends to appeal the ruling.

"The allegedly infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection", it read. "Any future dismissal will be without leave to amend".

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Tuesday's order noted the numerous uses of the word "player" and its variants in music prior to the lawsuit. That's because the pop singer just won a lawsuit against her claiming she plagiarized that very line, along with "playas gonna play", in her 2014 song, "Shake It Off". So Fitzgerald's analysis centers on whether there is substantial similarity between protectable lyrics. "By 2001, American popular culture was heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters, and player haters".

Although short phrases are generally immune from copyright claims, the writers argued that combining the two thoughts was original enough to warrant protection. They added, "The law is simple and clear".

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