Copyright lawsuit over Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ dropped after 5 years

Copyright lawsuit over Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ dropped after 5 years


Players will continue playing, and haters continue to hate.


By Lauren Huff December 12, 2022, 07:48 PM EST

Taylor Swift A lawsuit regarding her 2014 hit single “Shake it Off” has been officially dismissed.

According to the New York TimesA judge dismissed the case Monday, weeks before it was due to go to trial. This decision was made in response to a request by Swift’s lawyers and Nathan Butler’s lawyers, who were songwriters who had accused Swift of copyright infringement. The Times Report notes that the “brief file” did not provide details or mention any settlement between parties.

Swift representatives did not immediately respond when EW asked them for comment.

The dismissal ends a five year legal battle over Swift’s single “Shake It Off,” released as her first single from her album. 1989. Hall and Butler, who wrote “Playas Playas Gon’ Play” by R&B group 3LW in 2017, filed a lawsuit against Swift, arguing that the lyrics “the players, play gonna play”, “the haters, hates, hates, hates, hates, hates, hate” in “Shake It Off”, violated their 2000 song’s Copyright. (“Playas Gon’ Play”) includes the lines “Playas they gonna play/ And haters they gonna hate.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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A judge The lawsuit was dismissed in 2018.The judge stated that a phrase such as “haters gonna love” is too “banal”, to be protected under copyright. The judge also pointed out that there are many other songs, including Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” or the Notorious B.I.G. Similar phrases are also used in “Playa Hater” by Fleetwood Mac.

However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling a year later and sent the case back to its original district court. Later, it was determined that the case would be tried.. Swift’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald to reconsider his decision and ask him to dismiss the case in a second time.A new motion.

Swift’s lawyers argued that allowing the case proceed would be an “unprecedented”, decision. They noted that “plaintiffs have admitted, and it is not disputed, that the phrases “players gonna Play” and “haters gonna Hate” are “unprotected and in public domain” and that “plaintiffs could sue anyone who writes, sings or publicly states “players gonna Play” and “to allow that to happen is unprecedented and “cheat.”[s] The public domain.

Swift recently released her 10th studio album. MidnightShe is currently planning her next move. Eras Tour, and has been busy re-recording older albums to try to own all her masters.

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