Taylor Swift has dodged her 'Shake It Off' copyright lawsuit

Taylor Swift has dodged her 'Shake It Off' copyright lawsuit

The court found that because only two "brief phrases" in the songs are similar, and there are no allegations of any musical elements being copied, it was able to make its decision without the aid of musical experts.

The 3LW hit includes the lyrics, "Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate".

A USA judge has dismissed a song-theft lawsuit pursued against Taylor Swift, although the plaintiffs have been given a chance to file amended litigation.

"The lynchpin of this entire case is thus whether or not the lyrics "Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate" are eligible for protection under the Copyright Act", he writes.

The judge left it open for the plaintiffs to file an amended complaint in the future, but made it clear that they would need some pretty good evidence to emerge victorious over Swift.


Fitzgerald poured cold water on both Hall and Butler's claims, and the ingenuity of either artist's lyrics. "As discussed above, players, haters, and player haters had received substantial pop culture attention prior to 2001", the order reads. According to a spokesperson for Swift, the lawsuit was just a money grab, and they simply do not have a case.

As a result, he concluded: "The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal".

Singer Jesse Braham had claimed that the hit had infringed the copyright to his "Haters Gone Hate" musical track, which was uploaded onto YouTube in 2013.

USA district court judge Gail Standish threw out the suit, invoking lyrics from a variety of Swift's best-known songs.

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