A US copyright lawsuit accusing Taylor Swift of stealing the lyrics of her hit Shake It Off song has been dismissed by a judge.
t occurred just over a month before the case went to trial on January 17.
The case was brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nate Butler, who claimed that Swift lifted her lyrics from their own Playas Gon’ Play, performed by US girl group 3LW.
The multi-award winning singer said she drew on her own experience and “frequently used phrases and comments” she’s heard throughout her life for the song, and that the lyrics are “perfect.” It’s all written by me.”
In a filing made on Monday and obtained by the PA news agency, judge Michael Fitzgerald dismissed the case “in its entirety.”
“In accordance with the Rules of the Parties, this action is hereby dismissed in its entirety and with prejudice, Plaintiff and Respondent shall bear their respective attorneys’ fees and expenses,” the filing reads.
Swift, 36, previously said she had “never heard” the song Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW before the lawsuit.
“The lyrics of Shake It Off were written entirely by me,” she said, in an affidavit also obtained by PA.
Shake It Off lyrics were written entirely by meTaylor Swift
“Shake It Off is about being independent and ‘shaking off’ negative personal criticism through music and dance.
“In writing the lyrics, I drew on part of my own life experience and especially the relentless public scrutiny of my personal life, reported ‘clickbait’, public manipulation. them and other forms of negative personal criticism that I learned I just had to shake off and focus on my music.
“Before writing Shake It Off, I heard the phrases ‘players will play’ and ‘haters will hate’ uttered countless times to express the idea that one can or should eliminate negativity.
“Until I learned about Plaintiff’s claim in 2017, I had never heard the song 9 Playas Gon’ Play and had never heard of that song or the 3LW group.”
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