Tay­lor Swift shakes off copy­right law­suit over her hit song

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Singer Tay­lor Swift has emerged vic­to­ri­ous in a law­suit brought against her by the song­writ­ers be­hind 3LW’s, Playas Gon’ Play.

The 28-year-old was sued in Septem­ber by song­writ­ers Sean Hall and Nathan But­ler, who con­tended that Shake It Off in­fringed on their 2001 song. The plain­tiffs’ song in­cludes the fol­low­ing line in the cho­rus: “Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.” And, Shake It Off in­cludes the line, “Play­ers gonna play, play, play, play, play, and haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, a fed­eral judge dis­missed the law­suit.

In his rul­ing, Judge Michael W. Fitzger­ald held that com­bin­ing the phrases, “Playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate,” does not en­tail suf­fi­cient orig­i­nal­ity to war­rant copy­right pro­tec­tion.

“[B]y 2001, Amer­i­can pop­u­lar cul­ture was heav­ily steeped in the con­cepts of play­ers, haters, and player haters. ... The con­cept of ac­tors act­ing in ac­cor­dance with their es­sen­tial na­ture is not at all cre­ative; it is ba­nal,” Fitzger­ald wrote.

How­ever, he gave plain­tiffs one shot to amend their com­plaint by Fe­bru­ary 26.

By 2001, Amer­i­can pop­u­lar cul­ture was steeped in con­cepts of play­ers, haters, and player haters.

MICHAEL W FITZGER­ALD

JUDGE

PHOTO: DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS

Tay­lor Swift was sued by song­writ­ers Sean Hall and Nathan But­ler

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