his hit “Shake It Off” a plagiarism? Justice decides!

his hit “Shake It Off” a plagiarism? Justice decides!

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Taylor Swift celebrates her 33rd birthday this week. And the public is on the lookout for future announcements from the popstar, who is having fun playing multiple trails about his next projects. While she has already sold 3.82 million copies of her last album “Midnights”who memories bat since her release last October, the American singer has already indicated that she will be his next album see the light of day through hidden clues in his music video “Bejeweled” : it would be Taylor’s Version of “Speak Now”, the new edition of his third album released in 2010.

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At war with Scooter Braun, the producer who owns the rights to her first six records, Taylor Swift has indeed undertaken to re-record her old songs thanks to the unconditional support of her fans… who had hoped, for a time, to see on machine tubes “1989” receive the same treatment. Except the pop superstar was mired in a lawsuit for plagiarism concerning his hit “Shake It Off”the time chosen as the first single of this fruitful re that opened the doors to international glory. For five years, Taylor Swift has been accused of having copied the lyrics of the chorus of her hit on the song “Playas Gon’ Play” by the group 3LW, written in 2001. In particular the catchphrase Players will play, play, play, play, play and the haters will hate, hate, hate, hate, hate . A first trial in 2018 dismissed the plaintiffs, the authors Nathan Butler and Sean Hall, of their request for royalties, but the latter had appealed this decision.

“I wrote the lyrics entirely”

This summer, Taylor Swift therefore defended herself in person before the office of the federal judge in charge of the case. I wrote the lyrics to “Shake It Off” entirely. In writing this song, I tapped into my life experiences, particularly the relentless scrutiny of my private life, “clickbait” reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism that I have learned I just needed to get rid of, to focus on my music she had assured in an affidavit, assured that the pun around the words “players” and “haters” sounded like other commonly used sayings by children. A new jury trial was to take place to decide the issue, but surprise: all charges are dropped.
As specified VarietyTaylor Swift and the two plaintiffs are reached an agreement whose contours are not specified. Both parties asked the judge to to drop this legal action in its entirety . On streaming platforms, no changes have been made to the credits for the title “Shake It Off”, which remain attributed to Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. Would a financial transaction have put an end to this showdown? No certainty, but the popstar will now be able to calmly prepare for the arrival of the “Taylor’s Version” edition of his “1989” album.

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