Taylor Swift copyright lawsuit dismissed by US judge

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged the singer stole the lyrics to their song Playas Gon’ Play for her 2014 hit Shake It Off

A California judge has thrown out a copyright lawsuit filed against Taylor Swift. Songwriting duo Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged that Swift stole lyrics from their 2000 song Playas Gon’ Play, written for the US girl group 3LW, for her 2014 hit Shake It Off.

The 3LW hit includes the lyrics, “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate”. The chorus to Swift’s single features the lines, “‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

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