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Taylor Swift faces copyright lawsuit for ‘Shake It Off’
Singer Taylor Swift is refuting a new lawsuit claiming that her lyrics for the 2014 single “Shake It Off” are unoriginal.
“This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case,” Swift’s representative tells people.com in a response against songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.
Hall and Butler reportedly sued Swift for copying their 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” which was recorded by American girl group 3LW, reports tmz.com. The lyrics to their song include: “Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate.”
“Shake It Off”, written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback, include lyrics such as: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
In November 2015, a California judge dismissed a lawsuit against the singer that stated she stole the lyrics “haters gonna hate” from R&B singer Jesse Graham, who filed a $42 million lawsuit against Swift.
U.S Magistrate Judge J. Standish provided a written dismissal to the copyright suit, even quoting Swift’s lyrics.