‘Drew partly on experiences in my life’: Taylor Swift Ferociously Fights Back After Being Slammed With Copyright Lawsuit for Iconic “Shake It Off” Song

Hollywood Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift has responded ferociously after facing a copyright lawsuit for his iconic song, Shake It Off which was the lead single from her fifth studio album, “1989.” This song received a major step in her career as it was considered the effective opener for her fifth album which transformed her genre from country to pop.

Taylor Swift
Hollywood Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift

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The American singer is one of the best-selling musicians of all time and has received many accolades for his music career including 11 Grammy Awards. She has contributed a lot in her influential career and is regarded as a pop icon, who is also active as a philanthropist and has worked for artists’ rights and women’s empowerment.

Taylor Swift Shaked Off The Copyright Claims, Stating It Was ‘Entirely’ Written By The Singer

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift shook off the copyright claims

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Taylor Swift was first sued over her song, Shake It Off back in 2017 by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who allegedly blamed the 32-year-old singer who has taken the lyrics from their 2001 song Playas Gon’ Play by 3LW. The foundation of their case was the phrases, “hater’s gonna hate” and “player’s gonna play” that was included in both the songs “Playas Gon’ Play,” and “Shake it Off.” The lawsuit filed by the plaintiffs was initially dismissed in 2018, however, was revived a year later by a panel of federal judges briefing that it was dropped prematurely. At the end of last year,  a federal judge ruled that the case would go to trial.

The singer recently wrote that the song’s lyrics were ‘entirely’ written by her cutting any slack for copyright issues stating, “In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, in particular, unrelenting public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism which I learned I just needed to shake off and focus on my music.”

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Taylor Swift’s Counter Attack,  Stating The Phrases “hater’s gonna hate” and “player’s gonna play” Are Common

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift fights back by stating that the phrases are common

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The singer also pointed out the fact that the phrases “hater’s gonna hate” and “player’s gonna play” are quite common and have been heard many times by the singer. “Prior to writing ‘Shake it Off,’ I had heard the phrases ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’ uttered countless times to express the idea that one should shrug off negativity.”

She added by giving reference to the 2013 Country Music Awards where Eric Church’s The Outsiders also used similar phrases. “I also recall hearing similar player and hater phrases in many songs, films, and other works prior to ‘Shake it Off.”

The singer will be seen in the upcoming mystery comedy film helmed by David O Russell which is based on three friends who become the prime suspects in a murder in the 1930s.

Source: Rolling Stone

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Priya Sharma
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at Animated Times. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.

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