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The Players can Continue Play, Play, Playing and the Haters can Continue Hate, Hate, Hating

In a recent decision, the United States District Court of the Central District of California ruled in favour of pop star Taylor Swift, holding that her song Shake it Off does not infringe copyright of  the song Playas Gon’ Play performed in the early 2000s by the all-girl group 3LW. At issue were the Taylor Swift lyrics “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” which were alleged to infringe the copyright in the lyrics “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate”. In reaching this conclusion of non-infringement, the court stated that “combining two truisms about playas and haters, both wellworn notions as of 2001, is simply not enough”.

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