Two songwriters suing Taylor Swift for alleged copyright infringement have said the case cannot be dismissed simply because the singer is “unhappy”.
In 2017, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler sued Swift for copyright infringement because they claimed her 2014 track “Shake It Off” contains “substantial similarities” to the song “Playas Gon’ Play. which the couple wrote for girl group 3LW.
In December 2021, a judge ruled Swift would face a jury trial in the case. Following the judge’s ruling, Swift filed a new defense motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
On Friday, Jan. 14, Hall and Butler submitted their own response, saying there was “no conceivable procedural means” for the judge to reconsider.
“The rules simply do not provide defendants with a means to rehash old arguments and are not intended to give a disgruntled litigant an additional chance to sway the judge,” attorney Marina Bogorad wrote (via D-Panel). ‘display).
The attorney also criticized Swift’s legal team for citing media coverage “lamenting” the judge’s ruling, saying it carried no weight.
The independent has reached out to Swift’s representatives for comment.
The similarities between the songs Hall and Butler alleged relate to the chorus of “Shake It Off,” which reads, “Players gon’ play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gon’ hate, hate, hate, hate.”
Their track features the lyrics: “Playas, they’ll play, and haters, they’ll hate.”
In September last year, Los Angeles judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled the lyrics of the songs were “sufficiently similar” for the case to proceed.
However, Swift’s attorneys have argued that the phrases “players will play” and “haters will hate” exist in the public domain and are therefore unprotectable under law.