At this point, “Shake It Off” is an old Taylor Swift song but it is still everywhere. If you were to sing the phrase, “And the playas gonna play…” odd are someone will sing, “Play, play, play play/ and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” It may be that Swift wishes it weren’t that way. A recent lawsuit alleges that Swift lifted those lines from another song and violate copyright laws.
Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler claim “Shake It Off” is too similar to their song “Playas Gonna Play” written for 3LW in 2001. In the song, the lines “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate” features prominently in the chorus.
Swift’s lawyers have filed a 26 page motion asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit saying, “”There can be no copyright protection in ‘playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate,’ because it would impermissibly monopolize the idea that players will play and haters will hate,” the new motion argues. “Plaintiffs’ claim to being the only ones in the world who can refer to players playing and haters hating is frivolous… Providing a copyright monopoly in the phrase would prevent others from sharing the idea that players play and haters hate.”
A similar suit was filed against Swift in 2015 that was dismissed.
Welcome to 2018, they year lawyers argued about playas and haters.