Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off Copyright Complaint

Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift's Shake It Off Copyright Complaint

Swift claimed to have never heard the plaintiffs’ song, which was released in 2001 and debuted on both MTV’s Total Request Live and the Billboard Hot 100.

A judge has dismissed a US copyright complaint that claimed Taylor Swift copied the lyrics of her popular song Shake It Off.

The award-winning singer was accused of stealing the lyrics from the US girl group 3LW’s rendition of Sean Hall and Nate Butler’s Playas Gon’ Play, according to the lawsuit filed by the two songwriters.

Swift claimed she wrote the song’s lyrics “completely” by herself and drew inspiration from her own experiences as well as “frequently used phrases and comments” she has heard throughout her life.

Judge Michael Fitzgerald dismissed the case “in its whole” and with prejudice on Monday, which prevents Mr. Hall or Mr. Butler from re-filing it.

The petition stated, “Pursuant to the parties stipulation, this case is hereby dismissed, in whole and with prejudice; Plaintiffs and defendants to bear their respective attorney’s fees and costs.

Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift's Shake It Off Copyright Complaint

The ruling was made about a month ahead of the case’s scheduled trial date of January 17, which was originally set for 2017.

If a settlement had been struck between Swift, Hall, and Butler was not specified in the court documents.

What was Taylor Swift’s opinion of the situation?

Prior to the lawsuit, Swift claimed she had “never heard” of the song Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW.


According to a sworn statement made by the 36-year-old, “Shake It Off is about freedom and shaking off” unwanted personal criticism through music and dance.

“In creating the lyrics, I drew inspiration from a variety of life situations, including persistent public scrutiny of my private life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other types of unpleasant personal criticism that I eventually learned to just shake off and concentrate on my music.

The expressions “players going to play” and “haters going to hate” were frequently used to convey the idea that one can or should brush off adversity before I wrote Shake It Off.

Swift sings: “The players going to play, play, play, play, and the haters going to hate, hate, hate, hate,” in the song Shake It Off.

“Players, they going to play, and Haters, they going to hate,” were lyrics from the song Playas Gon’ Play.

Hall and Butler had argued that the pairing of players and detractors only appeared in their song.

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