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Taylor Swift Can’t Shake Copyright Suit Over Song Lyrics

Taylor Swift Can’t Shake Copyright Suit Over Song Lyrics

Author: Ronald S. BienstockDate: January 3, 2020

While Taylor Swift was recently named the “Artist of the Decade” at the American Music Awards, she has been unable to shake a copyright infringement suit over the lyrics of her 2014 hit Shake It Off. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed the dismissal of copyright infringement claims against Swift after concluding that the evidence did not support a summary conclusion of lack of originality for copyright protection.

The copyright infringement suit, filed by Sean Hall, alleges that Swift copied the lyrics of his 2001 composition Playas Gon’ Play. The suit asserts a single claim of copyright infringement against Swift, which premised upon the lyrical similarities between Playas Gon’ Play and Shake it Off.

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