Judge Dismisses Copyright Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift Over 'Shake It Off' Lyrics

Judge Michael W Fitzgerald made the comments while dismissing

In an order peppered with judicial shade, Fitzgerald threw out a lawsuit claiming Swift lifted the lyrics to her 2014 track from the 2001 song "Playas Gon' Play" by the girl group 3LW.

Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued the pop star past year, and said her hit single Shake It Off stole from their composition, Playas Gon' Play.

The lyrics to their song include: "Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate." .

"The allegedly infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection", Fitzgerald added. "While the Court is extremely skeptical that Plaintiffs will-in a manner consistent with Rule 11-be able to rehabilitate their copyright infringement claim in an amended complaint, out of an abundance of forbearance it will give Plaintiffs a single opportunity to try".

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The phrase "haters gonna hate" is too "banal" to be copyrighted, a USA judge has declared.

Taylor Swift will headline BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in May this year. The claimants, however, have until February 26th to amend their lawsuit. At the time, a rep for the superstar said the complaint was nothing more than a ridiculous money grab.

District Judge Michael Fitzgerald noted that if any copying had taken place, it was only for the "unprotected" lyrics of "Playas Gon' Play". The law is simple and clear. He then mused that by 2001, "American popular culture was heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters, and player haters". "They do not have a case", they wrote. In 2015, R&B artist Jesse Graham issued a $42m lawsuit against Swift, claiming that her single stole the lyrics from his 2013 song Haters Gone Hate.

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