Taylor Swift responds to Shake It Off copyright lawsuit

Taylor Swift is shaking off the haters. The singer has issued a response to a 2017 copyright lawsuit in which songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the 3LW song, Playas Gon' Play, accused Taylor of plagiarising their lyrics for her 2014 hit Shake It Off. Sean and Nathan allege that Taylor stole the lyrics ‘i Playas gon' play / And haters, they gon' hate’ lines from the 2001 song to use in her Grammy-nominated track as, ‘i Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’ In court documents obtained, Taylor denied allegations that she took their lines and said, the lyrics to Shake It Off were written entirely by me. "I co-wrote Shake It Off with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster, professionally known as Shellback, at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, in February 2014," she wrote in the declaration filed Aug. 8. Taylor added that she drew inspiration for the lyrics to Shake It Off from experiences in her life, including the unrelenting public scrutiny of her personal life and public manipulation.