Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift Over Lyrics Is Thrown Out

Angelica Greene
February 17, 2018

However, this week, Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruled that the simple combination of the lines "playas gonna play" and "haters gonna hate" is not enough grounds for any such protection.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued the star past year, arguing her single Shake It Off stole from their composition, Playas Gon' Play.

They said the words "Shake It Off" are too similar to those they wrote for a 2001 song "Playas Gon" Play'.

"The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal", he wrote.

Hall and Butler claimed to have heard similarities between the two songs, claiming Swift had copied them in her 2014 hit song "Shake It Off".

The song was a minor hit for U.S. girl band 3LW in 2001.

The judge left the door open for Hall and Butler to file a revised lawsuit.

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Hall has written and produced for Justin Bieber and Maroon 5, while Butler has worked with artistsincluding Backstreet Boys and Luther Vandross.

A lawyer for the two plaintiffs reportedly disagreed with the judge's interpretation of the lyrics and said he should have got an expert to give their opinion.

"He can not make himself an expert in the music industry", Fox said. "I'm sorry.it's actually embarrassing".

Swift's team dubbed the song-theft legal claim a "money grab" and sought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

We are thankful the lawsuit has been dismissed and Swift can now move on to bigger and better things, like her reputation stadium tour, kicking off in May.

In November 2017, WIPR reported that a Chilean singer had sued Disney and singers Demi Lovato and Idina Menzel, alleging that the song "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen" infringed his song "Volar".

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