Last September, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler launched a scathing accusation in opposition to Taylor Swift.
Both songwriters claimed Taylor Swift’s common observe, Shake it Off, borrowed from their lesser-known (learn: unknown) 2001 observe, ‘Playas Gon Play.’
Swift, they argued, copied the lyrics, “The gamers gonna play, play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate hate” from “The playas gon play/Them haters gonna hate.”
Clearly not realizing that generic slang possible can’t be copyrighted, Hall and Butler pressed on. In reality, unaware of this idea, the songwriters’ lawyer stated in a press release,
Like most individuals, Judge Michael Fitzgerald didn’t purchase it. Ruling in opposition to Hall and Butler, the decide referred to as the idea of suing over ‘gamers,’ ‘haters,’ and ‘participant haters’ banal.
“The allegedly infringed lyrics are brief phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright safety.”
Hall and Butler, sadly, didn’t concentrate. Appealing now to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the songwriters questioned Judge Fitzgerald’s understanding of the case.
According to Regulation360, Hall and Butler have now appealed on a technicality.
Though he solely dismissed the case, Judge Fitzgerald didn’t award Taylor Swift her authorized prices. He wrote,
In their attraction, Hall and Butler argue Judge Fitzgerald mainly implied their case had authorized benefit. Dubbing it a “shut name,” they argue he had dismissed their case far too rapidly. Thus, they’ve requested a trial by jury to show Swift ‘stole’ their lyrics.
Featured picture by Taylor Swift (YouTube screengrab).