"Haters gonna hate" has never held more meaning for Taylor Swift than it does now. "In all, "Playas Gon" Play' prominently features a sequence of four peoples (playas, haters, callers, and ballers) who engage in four activities (playing, hating, calling, and balling)".
Songwriting duo Sean Hall and Nathan Butler argued in their lawsuit, which they brought last summer, that Swift had stolen lyrics from their 2000 song "Playas Gon" Play", written for the American girl group 3LW, for "Shake It Off', which became an global megahit for Swift four years ago.
Swift's single, which has sold... However, the plaintiffs have until 26 February to amend their complaint.
District Judge Michael Fitzgerald noted that if any copying had taken place, it was only for the "unprotected" lyrics of "Playas Gon' Play". "Any future dismissal will be without leave to amend". Gerard Fox, who is lawyer to Hall and Butler, says they plan to appeal against the judge's ruling.
Tuesday's order noted the numerous uses of the word "player" and its variants in music prior to the lawsuit.
Swift's team dubbed the song-theft legal claim a "money grab" and sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. "B$3 y 2001, American popular culture was heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters, and player haters".
"In short, combining two truisms about playas and haters, both well-worn notions as of 2001, is simply not enough", the judge said in his ruling. The law is simple and clear.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fitzgerald stated: "The lynchpin of this entire case is ... whether or not the lyrics "Playas, they gonna play/And haters, they gonna hate" are eligible for protection under the Copyright Act".