Taylor Swift information in Shake It Off copyright lawsuit: ‘The lyrics have been written solely by me’

Taylor Swift has defended herself as the only author of her 2014 hit Shake It Off in response to a lawsuit claiming that she plagiarised lyrics from the 2000 music Playas Gon’ Play by lady group 3LW.

“The lyrics to Shake It Off have been written solely by me,” Swift acknowledged in a sworn declaration filed on Monday. “Till studying about Plaintiffs’ declare in 2017, I had by no means heard the music Playas Gon’ Play and had by no means heard of that music or the group 3LW.”

Playas Gon’ Play songwriters Sean Corridor and Nathan Butler filed the copyright go well with in 2017, citing similarities between the traces “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate”.

It was dismissed in 2018, with a decide commenting that the lyrics have been “too banal” to be copied, however resurrected by an appeal panel in 2021.

In December, a decide refused Swift’s request to dismiss the case, citing “sufficient goal similarities” between the 2 songs for a jury to settle the matter.

“Our shoppers are lastly shifting nearer to the justice they so richly deserve,” their lawyer Marina Bogorad stated on the time. “The opinion … is very gratifying to them as a result of it reinforces the concept that their creativity and distinctive expression can’t be misappropriated with none retribution.”

In writing the lyrics, Swift acknowledged in her movement, she drew partly on “experiences in my life and, specifically, unrelenting public scrutiny of my private life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and different types of adverse private criticism which I discovered I simply wanted to shake off and deal with my music.”

Having began out as a rustic artist, Swift had develop into a mainstream pop star after the discharge of her 2012 album, Pink, which introduced with it intensive tabloid hypothesis about her private and romantic life.

Swift continued: “With Shake It Off, I needed to offer a comedic, empowering method to serving to folks really feel higher about adverse criticism by music, dance, and the private independence enabling one to simply shake off the adverse criticism.”

The lyrics additionally drew from what she referred to as “generally used phrases and feedback heard” all through her life, together with “gamers gonna play” and “haters gonna hate”, her consciousness of which stemmed again to her faculty days.

She denied the opportunity of having heard the 3LW music, which reached No 81 on the US Billboard charts, in any type of media or social setting. She acknowledged that her dad and mom didn’t enable her to observe MTV’s Complete Request Reside till she was “about 13 years outdated”: the 3LW hit first appeared on an album in 2000, when Swift was 10.

Her mom, Andrea Swift, additionally filed an announcement saying that she “fastidiously monitored each the tv [Swift] watched and the music she heard” in addition to the shared house pc. “Taylor didn’t attend sleepovers at associates’ homes as a younger lady as a result of we lived on a farm till she was 10 years outdated and I all the time most well-liked having associates come over to our house.”

Within the new movement, Swift’s lawyer, Peter Anderson, wrote: “It’s, sadly, common for successful music to be met by litigants hoping for a windfall based mostly on tenuous claims that their very own music was copied. However even towards that background, Plaintiffs’ declare stands out as notably baseless.”

Following publication, Corridor and Butler stated in an announcement: “That is defendants’ fourth try and make these claims go away, so defendants’ labelling them as baseless rings hole at this level.

“The regulation doesn’t imagine in pure coincidences, particularly the place, as right here, the 2 works are so strikingly related that Ms Taylor’s denial of entry makes no distinction to the end result.

“Plaintiffs are assured that there are considerable factual points for his or her claims to achieve the jury, as it isn’t as much as the court docket to weigh in on credibility points or crown the winner within the battle of the specialists.”

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