Taylor Swift has filed a move to dismiss a lawsuit accusing her of plagiarizing the lyrics to her smash hit “Shake It Off.”
In 2017, composers Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued Swift, alleging that she plagiarized their 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW, which featured Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Naturi Naughton.
They claimed Taylor Swift plagiarized words from their 3LW song, which includes the line “Playas, they gon’ play, and haters, they gon’ hate,” as well as the chorus “Shake It Off.”
The track is from 3LW’s debut album 3LW, which included production by rap giants Full Force The Trackmasters and a guest appearance by Nas.
Swift’s attempt to have the case dismissed was denied by US District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald earlier this month. He determined that he couldn’t dismiss the case on his own and ordered a jury trial to address the matter.
Swift’s attorney Peter Anderson, according to Billboard, submitted a motion on December 23rd to dismiss the legal action once more, calling the decision “unusual.”
In the motion, Anderson said, “Plaintiffs could sue everyone who writes, sings, or publicly declares ‘players going to play’ and ‘haters going to hate.'” “To allow that is unprecedented and a betrayal of the public trust.”
Judge Fitzgerald initially dismissed the copyright infringement complaint in 2018, believing the lyrics were “short words that lack the modicum of originality and imagination essential for copyright protection.”
The following year, a federal appeals court overturned the decision, stating that “playas gon’ play” was original enough to warrant copyright protection.