Taylor Swift has denied allegations of copyright infringement on her hit song “Shake It Off”.
The lyrics of “Shake It Off” were written entirely by me,” Swift said in paperwork filed in response to allegations from two 3LW musicians, who say Swift’s 2014 hit violated a single from the group that peaked at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001.
In a profile first reported by Billboard, Swift wrote: “Until I learned of Plaintiff’s complaint in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard the song. that or the 3LW group.”
She added that she would have very little chance of hearing it during its short run on the charts because her parents “didn’t let me watch (MTV’s hit countdown show) TRL until when I was about 13 years old.”
Her mother, Andrea Swift, also filed a statement saying she “carefully watched the television as well.” [Swift] watched and the music she listened to” as well as a shared home computer.
She added: “Taylor didn’t attend dinner at friends’ houses when she was a young girl because we lived on a farm until she was 10 and I’ve always enjoyed having friends over to my house. we.”
She also argues that any similar phrases are the result of the term being used as part of everyday language, part of the native language before Sean Hall and Nathan Butler wrote “Playas Gon’ Play”. “.
Continuing the profile, the Pennsylvania-born star wrote: “I recall hearing phrases about players and haters being said to each other by other kids while attending school in Wyomissing Hills and in high school. study in Hendersonville.
She added: “These phrases are similar to other commonly used sayings like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game’, ‘take a cooling pill’ and ‘say it, don’t spray it. ‘ … I was struck by the message that people who are inclined to do something will do it, and the best way to overcome it is to give it up and move on.”
This is the second time Swift has had to defend the lyrics.
The copyright lawsuit was originally filed in 2017, but was later dropped.
However, after it was appealed a year later, a judge recently ruled that the case would go to trial and be decided by a jury.
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The lawsuit is filed by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who are accusing Swift of plagiarizing their 2001 song “Playas Gon ‘Play'” for the band 3WL.
The musician detailed how 2014’s “Shake It Off” was born with co-writers Max Martin and Shellback
Swift claims that Shellback creates the drum beat, while Martin and Swift collaborate to create the melody. Swift then covered the lyrics, she claimed.
Co-writers Martin and Shellback also denied hearing the song before the lawsuit.
“Shake It Off” appeared on Swift’s 1989 fifth studio album.
In the initial dismissal of the case, federal judge Michael Fitzgerald wrote the lyrics “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative” to be defended.
He added: “In the early 2000s, pop culture was fully utilized with the concepts of players and haters to create the phrases ‘playas…will play’ or ‘haters. .. gonna hate’ stands alone, nothing is more creative than ‘runners will run,’ “drummers will beat drums,” or “swimmers will swim”. “
Later, when the case was returned to him by a higher court, the judge said Swift’s attorneys “made a strong argument,” adding that it was unclear that leaving it up to the judge was not clear. The jury is baseless.
In the new move, Swift’s attorney, Peter Anderson, writes: “Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a hit song to be responded to by litigants in hopes of success based on flimsy claims that the song is a hit. their own songs were copied. But even against that background, Plaintiff’s claim is exceptionally unfounded. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/taylor-swift-denies-she-stole-shake-it-off-lyrics-saying-hit-song-was-written-entirely-by-me-as-she-responds-in-copyright-lawsuit-41900731.html Taylor Swift denies she stole ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics, says hit song ‘completely written by me’ as she responds in copyright lawsuit