Celebrity

Judge throws out Taylor Swift copyright suit, says lyrics are too "banal"

Ouch.

A judge in the US has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Taylor Swift pertaining to her 2014 banger "Shake It Off" saying the lyrics lacked the level of creativity to be entitled to copyright restrictions.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler were suing Swift, claiming that the song, off her 1989 album, stole lines from noughties girl group 3LW's 2001 song "Playas Gon' Play".

In case it's not burned into your memory already, the chorus of Shake It Off goes: "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate (haters gonna hate)."

In the 3LW song there is rapped intro that says: "Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate."

To be clear, here is Taylor's version:

And 3LW's:

Yeah, that's the conflict.

According to the BBC, Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wasn't here for the songwriters' claim and in his ruling said, "the allegedly infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection."

Fitzgerald added that the concepts of "players, haters, and player haters" were not concepts original to Hall and Butler and said they were already associated with American pop culture by 2001.

According to reports the judge said:

"In the early 2000s, popular culture was adequately suffused with the concepts of players and haters to render the phrases 'playas… gonna play' or 'haters… gonna hate', standing on their own, no more creative than 'runners gonna run'; 'drummers gonna drum'; or 'swimmers gonna swim.'

"The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal."

Ouch, he kinda burned them with too "banal" to be covered line.

The judge also said, "The allegedly infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection."

A lawyer for the two plaintiffs reportedly disagreed with the judge's interpretation of the lyrics and said he should have got an expert to give their opinion.

To that Taylor was probs like: