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Taylor Swift Responds To “Shake It Off” Copyright Lawsuit, Says The Lyrics “Have been Written Fully By Me”


Taylor Swift has responded at size to a 2017 copyright lawsuit claiming she stole the lyrics to her 2014 hit single “Shake It Off” from the 2001 music “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW. “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ had been written fully by me,” Swift wrote in a movement filed immediately, in keeping with Billboard.

Swift added:

In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, particularly, unrelenting public scrutiny of my private life, “clickbait” reporting, public manipulation, and different types of unfavourable private criticism which I discovered I simply wanted to shake off and concentrate on my music.

I recall listening to phrases about gamers play and haters hate acknowledged collectively by different kids whereas attending college in Wyomissing Hills, and in highschool in Hendersonville. These phrases had been akin to different generally used sayings like “don’t hate the playa, hate the sport,” “take a chill tablet,” and “say it, don’t spray it.”

Swift added that she’d heard the disputed phrase in “many songs, movies, and different works” and identified a dwell efficiency from 2013 the place she wore a T-shirt from City Outfitters with the phrase “haters gonna hate.” She stated: “I used to be struck by messages that individuals vulnerable to doing one thing will do it, and one of the best ways to beat it’s to shrug it off and hold dwelling.”

In 2018 a decide dismissed the lawsuit, however an appeals panel resurrected the case final yr. In December 2021, a decide dominated that the case was too near name and would in the end be determined by a jury trial, although a courtroom date has not been set. Swift’s attorneys are presently asking the decide to grant a abstract judgment and forego a trial.

“It’s, sadly, commonplace for successful music to be met by litigants hoping for a windfall primarily based on tenuous claims that their very own music was copied,” Swift’s lawyer Peter Anderson wrote in immediately’s movement. “However even in opposition to that background, Plaintiffs’ declare stands proud as significantly baseless.”

Swift additionally added that she had by no means heard the music “Playas Gon’ Play” till 2017, when the lawsuit was first filed by the songwriters Sean Corridor and Nathan Butler. “Till studying about Plaintiffs’ declare in 2017, I had by no means heard the music ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had by no means heard of that music or the group 3LW,” Swift wrote, noting how her dad and mom “didn’t allow me to look at TRL till I used to be about 13 years outdated.

“Not one of the CDs I listened to as a toddler, or after that, had been by 3LW,” she continued. “I’ve by no means heard the music ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ on the radio, on tv, or in any movie. The primary time I ever heard the music was after this declare was made.”



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