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Introduction

A California district court judge has ruled that certain lyrics in the 3LW track Playas Gon’ Play were not eligible for copyright protection.

Highlights

  • The authors and copyright owners of the track had claimed that the Taylor Swift track Shake It Off contained lyrical similarities to Playas Gon’ Play and sued for copyright infringement.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the copyright infringement case brought by two authors against Taylor Swift, her songwriters, and music companies.
  • Assesses the claims and explains why the motion to dismiss by Taylor Swift's team was granted.

Key questions answered

  • Why did the judge in the case deem the phrases alleged to have been copied not subject to copyright?
  • How common are copyright cases claiming lyrics plagiarism?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Taylor Swift and the rare case of lyrics plagiarism
  • Playas Gon’ Play authors’ Swift complaint
  • No copyright protection for short phrases

Appendix

  • Author

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