‘The Lyrics Were Completely Written By Me’ : Taylor Swift On ‘Shake It Off’ Lawsuit
Taylor Swift has denied any copyright infringement over her hit 2014 song “Shake it Off,” writing in a federal court document filed on Monday that “the lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me.”
Swift was first sued over the song in 2017 by Musician Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who claimed she took lyrics from their 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW.
The basis of their suit is that “Playas Gon’ Play,” like “Shake it Off” includes versions of the phrases “hater’s gonna hate” and “player’s gonna play.”
Swift’s declaration was one of many documents she and her legal team filed on Monday. Also filing declarations Monday were Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, along with co-writers Martin and Shellback.
The two writers both claimed they never heard “Playas Gon’ Play” or knew who 3LW was before the lawsuit.
Her attorneys also asked the federal court to grant a summary judgement, which would clear Swift and the other defendants of infringement.
An attorney for Hall and Butler didn’t immediately reply to request for comment.