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Taylor Swift Asks Court to Dismiss the Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Her

Taylor Swift has asked the court to dismiss the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against her over her song, Shake it Off.

This comes mere weeks after a federal judge ordered her to stand trial for the lawsuit. The claim argues that her 2014 hit lifted elements from 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play.”

Now, Rolling Stone has reported that on Monday, Swift filed a motion on Dec. 23, asking Judge Michael Fitzgerald to reconsider his decision.

“Both works use versions of two short public domain phrases — “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate”— that are free for everyone to use,” the new motion states. “The presence of versions of the two short public domain statements and two other tautologies in both songs simply does not satisfy the extrinsic test. Otherwise, plaintiffs could sue everyone who writes, sings, or publicly says ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’ alone with other tautologies. To permit that is unprecedented and cheats the public domain.”

Meanwhile, Gerard Fox, a lawyer representing Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the pair of songwriters who wrote 3LW’s 2001 track, told Rolling Stone in a statement: “We feel there is no basis for reconsideration, and that this is just a music mogul and her machine trying to deny our client justice by outspending a fellow lower-income artist. Totally uncool among artists.”

We can’t wait to see how this pans out.

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