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Taylor Swift sued for ‘Shake It Off’

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butlerallege that Swift copied their 2001 song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’

Image Credit: John Salangsang/Invision/AP
Taylor Swift performs at DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Singer Taylor Swift is refuting a new lawsuit claiming that her lyrics for the 2014 single Shake It Off are not original.

“This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case,” Swift’s representative said in a response against songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.

Hall and Butler reportedly sued Swift for copying their 2001 song Playas Gon’ Play which was recorded by American girl group 3LW.

The lyrics to their song include: “Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate.”

Shake It Off, written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback, nclude lyrics such as: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play; And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

In November 2015, a California judge dismissed a lawsuit against the singer that stated she stole the lyrics of Haters Gonna Hate from R&B singer Jesse Graham, who filed a $42 million (Dh154.23 million) lawsuit against Swift.

US Magistrate Judge J Standish provided a written dismissal to the copyright suit, even quoting Swift’s lyrics.