Copyright Lawsuit against Shake It Off Slammed Hard By Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift, an American singer-songwriter, along with her legal team, did give a smashing response to the copyright lawsuit. The suit accused her of stealing a hit song, ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics.
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Who are believed to be the actual writers of the lyrics?
Well-known for the song ‘Playas Gon Play’, a song by 3LW’s, Sean Hall, along with Nate Butler, accused Swift of plagiarising the lyrics of it.
It was a court filing made recently that insisted that the song ‘Shake It Off’ had been written by Swift on her own. Taylor Swift’s attorney also accused Butler and Hall for trying to cash in on the astronomical success of this song.
What was the statement issued by Taylor Swift?
As per Fox News, in one of the declarations, it was claimed by Swift that the song ‘Plays Gon’ Play’ was released when she was just 11. She further added that she wasn’t even allowed at that point in time to watch the music video countdown show, ‘Total Request Live’ on MTV until she was 13.
Taylor’s mother even backed the statement made by Swift. Andrea Swift, her mother, filed the accompanying statement wherein she claimed to have kept a close watch on the media Swift got exposed at home.
Copyright Lawsuit against Shake It Off- What does Swift’s attorney claim?
As per Fox News, in One of the motions that have been filed in the federal court, the attorney of Swift claimed that Butler and Hall were just trying for cashing in upon the song’s success.
As per the statement submitted by Swift, it further claimed that the song was written by the use of the experiences she had in her life, in particular, her personal life’s determined public scrutiny. She even said that the public manipulation, negative personal criticism and clickbait reporting, all of which she learned about, she just shake it off while she focused on the music.
As stated by USA Today, the lawsuit made by Butler and Hall got dismissed in 2018 by the judge who stated that these lyrics of the song were ‘too banal” for being stolen.
The appeal panel later in 2019, they brought this case back up. There was a request made by Swift for dismissing this case, but the judge completely refused in December. The judge even cited that the song by Taylor, it had “enough objective similarities.”
Is this for the first time that Taylor has been accused for plagiarising?
The copyright claims that are related to her song, ‘Shake It Off’, Swift definitely isn’t any stranger to it. It was in 2014 when one of the other District Court Judge simply rejected the lawsuit for ‘Haters Gonna Hate’ that was claimed by Jesse Braham that the lyrics of the song had been stolen by Swift. He even sought damages of USD 42 million.
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