Taylor Swift wants judge to scrap trial for allegations she stole lyrics to ‘Shake it Off’

Taylor Swift’s legal representatives have called for a lawsuit against accusations that she plagiarized lyrics to her mega-hit Shake It Off, in order to be scrapped.

The chart-topper has filed a motion to have a federal judge dismiss the jury trial over allegations that she stole the lyrics from another song by 3LW about “playas” and “haters,” Billboard reported.

Swift’s lawyers allegedly claimed that the judge’s latest ruling against her was “without precedent”.

The court rejected the 11-time Grammy winner’s request to dismiss the lawsuit on December 9, claiming that her lyrics came from 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon ‘Play”.

“While there are some noticeable differences between the works, there are also significant similarities in wording and order / structure,” Judge Fitzgerald wrote earlier this month.

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In a new application, the “All Too Well” singer’s lawyers asked for the verdict to be reconsidered, claiming that the judge had made a mistake as he had “failed to apply the copyright law’s external test”.

“It is important to distinguish between the protected and unprotected material in a plaintiff’s work. If you do this, only this similarity is left: both works use versions of two short sentences in the public domain – ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’ – which are free for everyone to use, and two other but different tautologies , which the plaintiffs claim share the same underlying general idea or concept. “It wrote Swift’s attorneys.

Taylor Swift in the shake it off music video
Camera iconTaylor Swift in the Shake it Off music video Credit: Delivered/Delivered

They also added that “no other court” had ever allowed a similar case to proceed to the trial.

“Complaints can sue anyone who writes, sings or publicly says ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’. Allowing it to be unprecedented and cheating the public domain,” they said.

Taylor Swift will perform during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Cleveland.  (AP Photo / David Richard)
Camera iconSwift’s lawyers allegedly claimed that the judge’s latest ruling against her was “without precedent”. Credit: David Richard/AP

The lawsuit was originally filed back in 2017 by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.

Swift’s hit “Shake It Off” debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2014, spending four weeks at the top of the charts.

The song eventually spent 50 weeks on the Hot 100, tied with Swift’s “You Belong With Me” for her longest single.

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