Taylor Swift responded at length to a copyright lawsuit in 2017, claiming she stole the lyrics to her 2014 single “Shake It Off” from the 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW. “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me,” Swift wrote in a petition filed today, according to Billboard.
In writing the lyrics, I was partly inspired by the experiences of my life and, in particular, the relentless public scrutiny of my personal life, “clickbait” reporting, public manipulation and other forms of personal criticism. negatives that I learned I just had to get rid of and focus on my music.
I remember hearing phrases about player play and hating enemies said together by other kids while they were in school in Wyomissing Hills and high school in Hendersonville. These phrases sounded like other commonly used sayings like “don’t hate the playa, hate the game”, “take a chill pill”, and “say it, don’t spray it”.
Swift added that she had heard the disputed phrase in “many songs, movies and other works” and pointed to a live performance from 2013 where she wore an Urban Outfitters t-shirt with the phrase “haters gon’ hate “. She said: “I’ve been struck by messages that people inclined to do something will do it, and the best way to overcome it is to ignore it and move on.”
In 2018, a judge dismissed the lawsuit, but an appeals committee resuscitated the case last year. In December 2021, a judge ruled that the case was too close to be called and would ultimately be decided by jury trial, although a court date has not been set. Swift’s attorneys are currently asking the judge to grant summary judgment and waive a trial.
“It is unfortunately not unusual for a hit song to encounter litigants hoping for a windfall based on tenuous claims that their own song has been copied,” Swift’s attorney Peter Anderson wrote in the petition. of today. “But even in this context, the plaintiffs’ claim stands out as particularly unfounded.”
Swift also added that she had never heard the song “Playas Gon’ Play” until 2017, when the lawsuit was first filed by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler. “Until I learned of the plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play and I had never heard of this song or the band 3LW,” Swift wrote. , noting that his parents “did not allow me to watch NMT until I was around 13.
“None of the CDs I listened to as a child, or after that, were from 3LW,” she continued. “I’ve never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ on the radio, TV or in a movie. The first time I heard the song was after this claim was made.