Last year, two songwriters threw at lawsuit at Taylor Swift accusing her of ripping off the lyrics to “Shake It Off” from the 2001 3LW hit “Playas Gon’ Play.” Taylor loves a good lawsuit, but not when she’s the one getting sued. She has recently asked a judge to throw the lawsuit out.
Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the writers of “Playas Gon’ Play,” sued Taylor in September saying Taylor’s chorus of “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” was suspiciously similar to the chorus they wrote, “Playas they gonna play, and haters they gonna hate.” They wanted credit for the musicality of players and haters, and some money for their troubles. Again, Taylor is a person who loves to make a dime off intellectual property, but reverse the situation and she’ll argue circles around your wallet.
TMZ says that Taylor’s lawyers argued that the phrases “Players, they gonna play” and “Haters, they gonna hate” are too short to get legal protection on, and therefor they don’t belong to anybody. Well, nobody until Taylor finds a way to scoop up the trademarks on the words players and haters, the pronoun “they,” and the future tense of the adjective “to go.” Hell, Taylor is just petty enough to rip-off the legacy of 3LW further by getting a trademark on the words “Promithes, promithes.”
Taylor’s lawyers also argue that Sean and Nathan can’t monopolize the ideas of players playing and haters hating. No, of course not! There’s only one person in the music industry capable of attempting to monopolize the act of hating, and that’s Taylor Swift.