A Los Angeles federal judge refused to dismiss a complaint brought by a couple of songwriters who say that Taylor Swift stole lyrics from their album in 2001 as the basis for their 2014 hit “Shake It Off.”
Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged in a 2017 complaint that Swift had stolen lyrics from the 2001 recording of “Playas Gon’ Play” at 3LW.
3LW’s song has the lyrics ‘Playas, they’re going to play, and haters, they’re going to hate,’ while Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ has the words: ‘Cause the players are going to play, play, play, play and hate, hate, hate.’
A.S. In 2018 the case was dismissed by District Judge Michael Fitzgerald, finding that the lyrics at issue lacked adequate originality to guarantee copyright rights.
The next year, an appeals court overturned the Los Angeles federal judge’s decision.
In his decision Wednesday, Fitzgerald had refused to throw the case.
The judge wrote that Hall and Butler “have fairly alleged a protectable set and arrangement, or an artistic speech sequence,” and Taylor Swift ‘s “use as alleged is sufficiently similar” to avoid the motion to dismiss.
The plaintiffs are seeking a share of the profits from the Swift hit.
Swift’s supporters have called the argument “a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The rule is clear and simple. They have no argument.”
In the meantime, a Taylor Swift fan has demonstrated their commitment to the singer by building an amazing theme park focused on the singer’s series of albums.
The incredibly detailed technique was invented by Matthew Ables, a pop star theme park enthusiast, and big fan, while trapped at home during the coronavirus lockout.
The fantasy attraction seen in Ables’ YouTube video features seven lands influenced by the album such as “Debut,” “Fearless,” “Sweet,” “Reputation” and “1989.”