Taylor Swift: Plagiarism process should be stopped

Taylor Swift
Plagiarism process should be stopped

Taylor Swift sees no copyright infringement in “Shake It Off”.

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Taylor Swift has petitioned for her song “Shake It Off” to be dismissed in the plagiarism battle.

Taylor Swift, 32, continues to face copyright infringement allegations. Two songwriters claim that they copied parts of the lyrics to “Shake It Off” from their track “Playas Gon ‘Play”. The singer is now resisting and, according to “Rolling Stone”, wants to get her lawyers to stop the trial.

On December 9th, a judge upheld the lawsuit on the grounds that some factors indicated that there was a “potential similarity” between the texts and their structures. In a new court document dated December 23, Swift requests that the competent judge reconsider his decision and abandon the trial.

The first lawsuit was dismissed

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler had already claimed in 2017 that their song “Playas Gon ‘Play” (2001) for female R&B trio 3LW was essentially similar to Swift’s 2014 pop anthem. Specifically, it is about two lines of songs, among other things. The chorus of the 3LW song says “Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate”, Swift sings “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play” and “Haters are gonna hate, hate, hate, hate.” “. A first lawsuit was dismissed in 2018. However, an appeals court overturned the verdict and the case went back to court.

According to Swift’s lawyers, this time the judge made a “clear mistake” in his analysis and failed to apply the so-called “extrinsic test” of copyright law. In doing so, judges filter out material that does not fall under copyright law before comparing the two songs. The two expressions to be analyzed are in the public domain and therefore do not fall under copyright law.