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Judge tosses Taylor Swift’s copyright complaint over “Shake It Off”

Taylor Swift was the target of the lawsuit, which has now been dismissed.

According to Reuters, Swift was sued by two composers who claimed that she plagiarised their lyrics for the 2014 song “Shake It Off.”

In 2017, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles. In 2018, they withdrew it, telling the judge that they were doing so with prejudice, which prevents them from filing it again. According to Variety, Swift’s attorneys also requested the judge to throw out the lawsuit.

Variety said that Swift and the songwriters have come to a deal but omitted further details.

A trial was slated to begin the following month.

According to court documents, the judge completely dismissed the lawsuit, according to BBC News.

The song “Shake It Off,” written by Hall and Butler, features the words “the players going to play, play, play, play, and the haters going to hate, hate, hate, hate,” whereas “Playas Goin’ Play” features the lyrics “playas, they going to play, and haters, they going to hate.”

Swift’s song received three Grammy Award nominations and, according to the RIAA, achieved diamond status in 2020 after having amassed more than 10 million sales and streams.

According to Reuters, the song “Playas Goin’ Play” was sung by 3LW and published in 2001. It was included on MTV’s Total Request Live and the Billboard Hot 100.

Swift claimed that “players going to play” and “haters going to hate” are frequently used to “convey the idea that one can or should shrug off adversity” but that she had never heard of “Playas Goin’ Play.”

“Shake It Off” was written by Swift, Max Martin, and Shellback, according to Variety.

A U.S. appeals court granted permission for the copyright case to continue in 2019 after being dismissed in 2018.

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