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March 1, 2018IM -
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that accused Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Taylor Swift of copyright infringement relating to her hit song “Shake It Off.” Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit arguing that the chorus of the song was borrowed from their song “Playas Gon’ Play.”
Hall and Butler’s song includes the line: “Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate,” and Swift’s song has the line: “Players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald ruled that the phrases “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” do not entail sufficient originality to warrant copyright protection. “The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal,” he says.