- Singer Taylor Swift is not worried about the re-emergence of a copyright case against for her 2014 hit Shake It Off
- A representative for the pop star insisted that she “will prevail again"
- Taylor is being sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler
In 2017, Hall and Butler sued Swift, saying her 2014 hit, Shake It Off, stole lyrics from their 2001 song for 3LW, Playas Gon’ Play.
Even though both songs include the phrases, 'playas gonna play' and 'haters gonna hate', a judge dismissed the case in February last year.
However, Hall and Butler won an appeal this week and the case has been sent back to a US District Court.
This news comes right as Swift is celebrating the five-year anniversary of her smash hit album 1989, which Shake It Off was part of.
The song went nine times platinum and Swift won three Grammys for the album.
In a statement, Hall praised said, “We are happy the court unanimously sided with us.
“This case is giving voice to all of those creatives who can’t afford to stand up and protect their work in the face of well-financed Goliaths.”
A representative for Swift responded, “Mr Hall is incorrect, the court did not unanimously side in their favour, the court sent the case back to the lower court for further determination.
"These men are not the originators, or creators, of the common phrases ‘Players’ or ‘Haters’ or combinations of them. They did not invent these common phrases nor are they the first to use them in a song. We are confident the true writers of Shake It Off will prevail again. Their claim is not a crusade for all creatives, it is a crusade for Mr. Hall’s bank account.”
An attorney for Hall and Butler, Marina Bogorad said, “We anticipate that there will be more attempts to get rid of the case, and we intend to keep going to get our clients their day in court.”
Fans will be watching closely to see which of the contesting creatives get the final credit for Shake It Off.
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