Two songwriters said in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles last year of which Swift’s song was based on the phrase “players, they gonna play, as well as haters, they gonna hate,” of which they coined for a 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by R&B girl group 3LW.
Swift’s lyrics via the chorus of “Shake This specific Off” are, “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, as well as the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
Attorneys for Swift asked U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case.
“In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers.
The songwriters who sued Swift – Sean Hall as well as Nathan Butler – did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, as well as phrases about players as well as haters existed in pop culture before 2001.
“In short, combining two truisms about playas as well as haters, both well-worn notions as of 2001, is actually simply not enough,” the judge said in his ruling. The judge left the door open for Hall as well as Butler to file a revised lawsuit.
nevertheless Gerard Fox, the attorney for the two songwriters, said he had no intention to file an amended complaint as well as would certainly instead appeal Fitzgerald’s ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Fitzgerald made a mistake by assessing the originality of the lyrics for himself, instead of relying on experts, Fox said.