LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A federal judge in Los Angeles declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two songwriters claiming Taylor Swift removed lyrics from her 2001 recording as the basis for her 2014 hit "Shake It Off."
Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged in a 2017 lawsuit that Swift deleted lyrics from 3LW's 2001 recording, "Playas Gon & # 39; Play".
3LW's song contains the lyrics, "Playas, They Will Play and Haters, They Will Hate," while Swift's "Shake It Off" contains the lyrics, "Because the players will play, play, play, play, play and the haters will hate." , hate, hate, hate, hate. "
U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald dismissed the 2018 lawsuit, ruling that the disputed texts were not original enough to merit copyright protection.
The following year an appeals court overturned the Los Angeles federal judge's decision.
In his decision on Wednesday, Fitzgerald refused to throw the case.
The judge wrote that Hall and Butler "sufficiently asserted a protectable selection and arrangement or sequence of creative expression" and Swift's "alleged use is similar enough" to survive the motion for dismissal.
According to the lawsuit, over 9 million copies of the song had been sold as of filing date, along with 6 million copies of Swift's 1989 album, and the video for the song had nearly 2.4 billion views on YouTube.
Plaintiffs seek a portion of the profits from Swift's hit.
Swift officials called the lawsuit "a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money robbery. The law is simple and clear. You have no case."
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