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Taylor Swift has 'Shake It Off' copyright lawsuit dismissed

16 February 2018

A lawsuit against Taylor Swift has been dismissed after a judge ruled that her lyrics are too "banal" to prove they have been copied, Variety reports.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit last fall, arguing that the chorus of the song borrowed from their 2001 composition, "Playas Gon' Play". That's because the pop singer just won a lawsuit against her claiming she plagiarized that very line, along with "playas gonna play", in her 2014 song, "Shake It Off".

"The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal", he wrote. "In short, combining two truisms about playas and haters, both well-worn notions as of 2001, is simply not enough". Clichés and common phrases tend to not fall under this protection, since they usually lack the specificity needed to prove an original idea.

"In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here".

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Playas Gon' Play was a minor hit for USA girl band 3LW in 2001.

A lawyer for the two plaintiffs reportedly disagreed with the judge's interpretation of the lyrics and said he should have got an expert to give their opinion.

"He can not make himself an expert in the music industry, I'm sorry it's actually embarrassing", Fox said.

However, all is not yet lost for Hall and Butler. "I'm sorry, it's actually embarrassing".

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Taylor Swift has 'Shake It Off' copyright lawsuit dismissed