Taylor Swift, riding high on the gleeful reception of her new album release, is about to go on trial over allegations that she used the 2000 song “Place, They Gon’ Play” and “The Haters” for her song “Shake It Off”. They’re gonna hate.”
A copyright lawsuit filed in 2017 alleged that Swift copied lines from the 3LW song, “Players Gon’ Play” and “Players Go Hate” from the 3LW song, written by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.
The lawsuit was sparked by a judge in 2018, who declared the song’s lyrics “too generic” to be copyrighted. Hall and Butler appealed the ruling, and a court overturned it in 2019, saying their complaint “still allegedly has originality.”
Judge Michael Fitzgerald, who originally dismissed the case, declined Swift’s request to be redone Thursday.
In his ruling, Fitzgerald wrote that although Swift’s team made “persuasive arguments” about how her 2014 hit song differs from “Play’s Gone Play”, “there is a possibility that there is still a real as to the potential substantial resemblance”. There is controversy. Songs and their sequential structure.”
The matter will go to the jury trial but the date has not been decided yet.
Peter Anderson, representing Swift in the lawsuit, did not respond to a request for comment. The singer’s spokesperson told Guardian That lawsuit is “not a crusade for all creatives, it’s a crusade for Mr. Hall’s bank account.”
Hall and Butler’s attorney, Marina Bogorad, told BuzzFeed News in a statement that they were “extremely satisfied” with the decision.
“This reinforces the belief that their unique self-expression based on a deeply rooted cultural heritage cannot be easily taken away without due credit,” Bogorad said. “We are pleased that the court refused to engage in the experts’ fight, especially given that the defendants’ resources are significantly greater than our clients here, and that it is time to let justice serve merits rather than deep pockets. should do.”
on Friday, 3LW Posted took to social media to clarify that they are not behind the lawsuit, and asked Swift’s fans to stop targeting their anger at the group.
“There is nothing but love and respect for Taylor and her team,” the group said. “3LW had nothing to do with this matter. Please direct all the hate elsewhere.”
This isn’t the first time Swift has been sued for the song “Shake It Off.” In 2015, musician Jesse Graham, who has a song titled “Haters Gonna Hate”, sued him for $42 million, alleging that “Taylor Swift wouldn’t have written ‘Shake It Off’ if she hadn’t written ‘Haters Gone Hate’.”
That lawsuit was dismissed by a judge, who cited a 2010 Urban Dictionary entry and 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play” as earlier examples of the term being used. Graham’s song was released in 2013.
Swift has previously waged a public fight against Big Machine Records, her former label, and Scooter Braun, a music manager who bought the company in 2018, allegedly for preventing her from performing her songs, which she owns. Were. those days, Swift asked her fans Give on Rent [Big Machine CEO] Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about it.”
In return, Big Machine said it “continues to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current records in which we do not participate financially.”
Swift later announced that she would be re-recording her first six albums. His latest re-recording release, Red (Taylor’s Version), Was widely acclaimed,