5 years ago, the songwriters of the song Playas Gon’ Play which are Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a copyright lawsuit. The song was for a girl group who is 3LW. They accused the Grammy-award-winning artist Taylor Swift of copying their lyrics for her 2014 hit song Shake it Off.

Later in 2018, the lawsuit was rejected. However, an L.A. judge decided to continue with the lawsuit in 2020. According to Judge Michael Fitzgerald, the lyrics of the two songs are quite similar that’s why it went on again. The similarities of the songs are in the chorus parts.

And now, there’s a new update about this copyright lawsuit case. Courtesy of Billboard, Swift has filed a sworn declaration expressing her side about the claims against her. She filed it last August 8, Monday.

Taylor Swift’s update about the case and lyrics comparison of the songs

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About Swift’s sworn declaration
  • According to Billboard, the 32-year-old artist claims that the song is entirely written by her. Swift is also widely known as a singer-songwriter who writes her songs.
  • Then, in addition, she has never heard of the song as she was only 11 when Playas Gon’ Play was released.
  • She also claims that she has heard the accused lyrics a lot of times since she was a kid. That is common like other phrases such as ‘Don’t hate the play, hate the game’ etc.
  • Swift’s lawyers also stated that no one can monopolize the used popular term in the world of pop culture.

The lyric comparison of the two songs
  • These are the chorus lyrics of Shake it Off and Playas Gon’ Play on the copyright lawsuit case. So take a look at the lyrics below.
Shake it Off
Playas Gon’ Play
‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Playas, they gonna play
And haters, they gonna hate
  • The lyrics shown has similar words but was from different meaning and context.
  • Shake it Off is about dealing with things daily which were said by Swift herself in an article from Nicki Swift. While Playas Gon’ Play is about a certain lover.

So what’s your take on these lyrics?

This case is not officially yet over. We still have to look forward to how this case is going to conclude. As well as which team is going to win the court. Team Swift or Team Hall and Butler?


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SOURCES: NME, Billboard