Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ lawsuit has been dropped

A copyright lawsuit against Taylor Swift over her song “Shake It Off” has been dropped.

Lawyers for both sides filed the rejection documents on Monday (12/12), just weeks before the court hearing was due to begin.

The new filings for the lawsuit, originally filed in 2017 by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

There was no indication of a settlement for the lawsuit and lawyers reportedly did not respond to media requests for comment, including outlets The New York Times.

Taylor Swift has consistently denied allegations of copyright infringement on the hit track, which appears on her fifth studio album 1989

The case was originally filed in 2017, dropped and then appealed, and a judge ruled it would go to trial, meaning the verdict would be decided by a jury.

The lawsuit alleged that “Shake It Off” bears “substantial similarities” to “Playas Gon’ Play,” written by Hall and Butler in 2001 for the band 3LW.

In 2018, the writers claimed that the chorus to “Shake If Off,” in which Swift sings “players gonna play, play, play, play, play,” and “haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate,” is this violate copyright on their trail.

Back in August, the singer issued a statement in defense of the song, saying, “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me.”

Taylor Swift has consistently denied the hit track’s copyright infringement allegations

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“The first time I heard the song was after that claim was made,” Swift said, claiming she didn’t know the song even existed.

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“I remember hearing phrases about gamers and hate from other kids while attending school in Wyomissing Hills and high school in Hendersonville,” Swift said in the statement, using childhood stories to support her point.

The 33-year-old argued that these kinds of phrases inspired her writing and that it’s unreasonable for writers to claim common sayings.

“I also remember hearing similar player and hater phrases in a lot of songs, movies and other works prior to ‘Shake It Off,'” she said.

Her co-writers Martin and Shellback also previously denied having heard the song before the lawsuit.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/taylor-swift-shake-it-off-lawsuit-case-dropped-copyright-b2244121.html Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ lawsuit has been dropped


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