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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Taylor Swift To Face A Possible Jury Trials Amid Shake It Off Lawsuit

Just recently, it was revealed that Taylor Swift may have to deal with a jury trial as part of the ongoing copyright lawsuit related to her hit song, Shake It Off. 

Two songwriters, Nathan Butler and Sean Hall, sued the singer back in 2017, accusing her of copying a song that they wrote in 2001, named Playas Gon’ Play. They stated that she had ripped them off in her smash hit, released in 2014. 

According to them, she is responsible for stealing the lyrics of their 3LW song that features the line, ‘Playas, they gon’ play, haters, they gonna hate.’ They believe that the singers copied them in the chorus of her hit song Shake It Off, which starts off by Swift singing ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. 

In the proceedings of the case, Swift made a request to have it thrown out. However, Michael W. Fitzgerald, the U.S. District Judge, denied her request. In his words, despite there being a couple of noticeable differences that the two songs share, there are some unmissable objective similarities. Therefore, he claims that he could not dismiss the case. 

He added that the word sequence, structure, and usage are too similar. The judge noted that the experts working for Defendant are strongly refuting the implication that the songs have substantial similarities. He believes that the Court is not compelled to provide credit to their opinions. 

The popstar has not yet responded regarding the decision made. However, a lawyer for Butler and Hall claimed that they were swiftly moving towards achieving the justice that they rightfully deserve. Marina Bogorad, the attorney for the songwriters, stated that the opinion of Defendant's representation is gratifying for the two because it simply reinforces that their unique expression and creativity cannot just be misappropriated without retribution. 

Though a trial is a possibility, a proper date has not yet been determined. 

In the year 2018, the copyright infringement case had originally been dismissed by Judge Fitzgerald. In his opinion at the time, the lyrics were only short phrases, which did not consist of the modicum of creativity and originality needed for the protection of copyrights. 

However, a year later, this ruling was overturned by a federal appeals court. It decided that ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ was creative enough to be protected under copyright law. 

In other news, Kanye West has once again urged Kim Kardashian, his estranged wife to run back to him, while he performed at a benefit concert for Free Larry Hoover. The rapper has not hesitated to make it clear that he is desperate to get back together with his ex-wife, the reality TV star. She filed for divorce back in February. 

Since then, the Stronger hitmaker has been pleading on stage, which he did once again in public at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. While he sang Runway, a hit song of his from 2010, he brought in a new verse directed towards his now-separated wife.

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