There's No Monopoly on 'Players Gonna Play' Say Taylor Swift's Lawyers

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Taylor Swift’s legal team would like a lawsuit against the singer, alleging she ripped off a 2001 song called “Playas Gon’ Play,” to be dismissed, TMZ reported on Wednesday.


TMZ first reported on the lawsuit back in September, when songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said that Swift stole lyrics from “Playas Gon’ Play,” which hit #81 on Billboard Hot 100 when it was recorded by pop group 3LW, to furnish her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.”

The chorus of Swift’s song goes: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

The chorus of 3LW’s: “Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate.”

Not dissimilar, and according to TMZ Butler and Hall have plenty of pop music cred, having worked with artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, and Justin Bieber.

But now Swift’s legal team is reportedly arguing that the phrase is too short to warrant any legal protections, and told TMZ that Butler and Hall can’t “monopolize the idea that players will play and haters will hate.”

You know what they say: Players gonna play, and haters gonna [REDACTED].


All signs point to a Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder crossover episode in the making!



A theory.


  • A fire broke out in Hillary and Bill Clinton’s Chappaqua, New York home and was quickly extinguished. [THR]
  • Some socialite I’ve never heard of named Jacqueline Kent Cooke makes it into Dirtbag for allegedly hitting a lawyer with her glass purse, for carrying a glass purse in the first place, and for calling the lawyer’s mother a Jew, I’m assuming with derogatory intent. [NYDN]
  • Here’s an aerial view of Jeff Bridges’ Montecito, California villa! [Horizon Times]
  • Something to do with Karlie, Katy, and Taylor, this article with explain. [E!]
  • If you don’t know how to tie a scarf around your neck, it’s time to start trying. [Us Weekly]

contributing writer, nights


well fuck thee gently with a chainsaw

Still salty from Bobby’s post. But everyone on Jezebel (and beyond) is coming for Taylor Swift, like it’s 2016.

FACT CHECK: Her Reputation tour, denigrated as a slow-seller, has already sold $180 million in tickets. Her album, derided as a failed attempt at sexiness without “hits,” is the best-selling album of the year.

I know Jez loves harping on Taylor’s business practices as white feminist bullshit at its most corporate and least sympathetically female, despite a trial in which she testified against her sexual abuser: (“HOW DARE SHE? Who does she think she is?” — Jez editors who assign and approve stories about her totally legally correct copyright tactics.)

I see her business decisions as consistently intelligent, visionary, money-minded and indeed inspiring.

But if anyone wants to hate on a woman’s self-made money, I won’t stop you, because I’m too busy clapping for her.