Taylor Swift has been unable to refute claims she cut the lyrics of one of her most popular songs, at least before it went to trial.
A judge has refused to dismiss a copyright lawsuit against Swift over her hit 2014 song “Shake It Off,” BBC News bulletin. Musicians Sean Hall and Nathan Butler have claimed Swift copied their 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which, like “Shake it Off” includes versions of the phrases “player will play” and “people play” hater gonna hate”.
District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald previously ruled the The lyrics are “too brief, unoriginal, and unattractive to warrant protection under the Copyright Act”, pointing to many other songs with similar language. But an appeals court overturned the ruling, while Swift sought a summary judgment to close the case. The judge has now denied Swift’s claim, ruling that “despite some notable differences between the works, there are also significant similarities in word usage and sequence/structure.” ” and the court is currently unable to “determine that no reasonable juror can find a substantial similarity in lyric writing, word arrangement, or poetic structure between the two works,” each Guardians.
Hall previously said the case is to “give a voice to all creators who can’t afford to stand up and defend their work in the face of well-funded Goliaths”, while one representing Swift speak Hall and Butler “did not invent these popular phrases nor were they the first to use them in a song”, adding, “Their claim is not a crusade for all.” advertising, it was a crusade for Mr. Hall’s bank account.”
Swift previously faced a separate claim she stole the lyrics of “Shake It Off” from Jessie Braham’s song “Haters Gonna Hate,” but a judge refute that case in 2015, wrote, “We had problems and the court wasn’t sure Braham could solve them.”
https://theweek.com/taylor-swift/1007964/taylor-swift-to-face-trial-over-claim-she-ripped-off-shake-it-off-lyrics Taylor Swift in court for claiming she cut ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics