Taylor Swift: New chapter opens in ‘Shake it off’ global hit copyright lawsuit
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift will be prosecuted for copyright infringement on one of her greatest hits. get rid of.
A California judge denied Swift’s request to dismiss the case and decided that only a jury would be able to establish whether the 2014 song was a copy of the song. Playas gon’ play (2001) from the decadent women’s group 3LW.
Although the rhythms of both songs are different, their lyrics correspond to differences in phrases “Players will play“Yes”haters gonna hate“.
Previously, California Central District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald had dismissed the case on the grounds that the letters were “Normal” To be subject to copyright.
In his original judgment, Fitzgerald cited 13 earlier songs containing similar phrases, including Playa hater, de The Notorious BIG, y dreams, De Fleetwood Mac.
At the time, Judge noted that “in the early 2000s, popular culture was so immersed in notions of gamblers and haters” that statements like “those who play… will play” or “those who hate… will hate” number Especially different from others such as “Runners will run”; or “swimmers go swimming”.
He wrote, “The concept of actors acting according to their essential nature is not creative at all; it is cliched,” summarizing that “the songs in question are too short, unoriginal, and uncreative to justify protection under rights law. From author.”
However, the composers Sean Hall and Nathan Butler They appealed, and a federal court overturned the initial decision to return the case to Judge Fitzgerald.
Swift requested an urgent ruling – an immediate ruling in his favour – but Fitzgerald refused to do so on Thursday.
“Although there are some notable differences between the works, There are also great similarities in word use and sequence/composition”.
The judge added that “the court cannot currently determine whether any jury is reasonably able to find a significant similarity in lyrical formulation, word order or poetic structure between the two works.”
According to the judge, the experts appointed by Swift presented “convincing arguments,” which were not enough to prevent the case from going to trial.
Playas gon’ play It was a minor success for 3LW. However, the composers’ lives continued. Hall has written and produced songs for artists such as Justin Bieber and Maroon 5, while Butler has worked with artists such as the Backstreet Boys and Luther Vandroe.
for this part, get rid ofWho is Swift? The best-selling song of his career It ranked first on the charts in the US and second in the UK (displaced from number one by All about this bass, de Megan Trainor).
Lawyers for Hall and Butler celebrated the decision, saying the court “did the right thing”. Swift’s team declined to comment when contacted by the BBC.
A trial date has not been announced..
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