Swift’s Lawyers Ask For Judge To Dismiss A Lawsuit
Players gonna play play play play and the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate hate
Lawyers for Taylor Swift filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Wednesday (1/3) asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two songwriters who allege that Swift’s 2014 hit “Shake It Off” copied lyrics from one of their songs.
Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a copyright infringement suit in September claiming that the line “The players gonna play, play, play, play and the haters gonne hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” in “Shake It Off” copy lines from their song “Playas Gon’ Play,” recorded by 3LW in 2001 (“Playas, they gon’ play and haters, they gonna hate”). Swift’s motion says that the phrases are too short to earn copyright protectoin and the phrases “plays gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” are in the public domain and ruling otherwise would “monopolize the idea that players will play and haters will hate.” The filing cites several examples of similar usage of the phrases in songs that precdate “Plays Gon’ Play.”