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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.

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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].

[TMZ]


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