Taylor Swift is a famous songwriter and singer who is very popular especially amongst the youngsters. There had been a Copyright controversy regarding her 2014 hit single “Shake It Off”. The case dealt with the originality and creativity of the song’s lyrics. And now the recent updates on the case says that the copywriters have agreed to the dismissal of the same. Here is the full briefing of the “Shake It Off” controversy.
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The case was originally filed five years back!
For the unversed, a copyright suit against Taylor Swift from two songwriters accusing her of lifting the lyrics to her 2014 hit single “Shake It Off”. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued Swift in 2018, claiming she stole the lyrics to her song about players playing and haters hating from 3LW’s 2001 hit “Playas Gon‘ Play.” The girl group sang “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate,” while Swift sang “[T]he players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” However it is reportedly said to be dropped a month before trial.
Taylor Swift was accused of stealing the lyrics!
The past monday’s court papers, filed jointly by attorneys for both Swift and the songwriters, did not say if there was a settlement. Representatives for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for more information. In Shake It Off, Swift sings: “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” “Playas Gon’ Play,” written by Hall and Butler, included the phrases “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.” The song, performed by R&B group 3LW, was released in 2001 and appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and MTV’s Total Request Live.