Shake It Off’s copyright lawsuit has been dropped, clearing the way for Taylor Swift to complete the re-recordings

Taylor Swift has shrugged off a copyright lawsuit alleging she copied the lyrics of the lead single from her album 1989, paving the way for her to complete the re-recording of her first six studio albums.

Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the group 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play,” filed the lawsuit against Swift in 2017.

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They claimed Swift copied the lyrics in their 2014 song “Shake It Off,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks, Billboard reported.

US District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald on Monday signed an order dismissing the lawsuit “according to the terms of the parties,” according to a new court filing Monday. It’s unclear if an agreement was reached between Swift and Hall and Butler.

Swift was denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last December after her attorney argued that the two songs used the same public domain phrases — “gamers will play” and “haters will hate.”

In August, Swift wrote in a statement to the court that she never heard the 3LW song as a child and insisted that she wrote the lyrics to “Shake It Off” herself.

“I remember hearing phrases about gaming and hating gamers from other kids while attending school in Wyomissing Hills and high school in Hendersonville,” Swift wrote in the August filing.

“These phrases were similar to other commonly used sayings like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game,’ ‘take a chill pill,’ and ‘say it, don’t spray it.'”

Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the group 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play,” claim Swift copied the lyrics of their song “Shake It Off.” Recognition: Getty

Many fans have speculated if the lawsuit delayed Swift’s ability to re-record her Grammy-winning album 1989, which marked her official transition from country to pop music.

The layoff most likely paves the way for Swift to release the album’s “Taylor’s Version” before embarking on her 2023 tour.

Swift announced her decision to re-record her first six studio albums in 2019 after her former record label sold her back catalog to Scooter Braun.

She has previously released “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Although Swift didn’t release “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”, she did release a few songs from the anticipated album, including “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” and “This Love (Taylor’s Version)”.

Fans expect to hear Swift’s older hits during next year’s “Eras Tour,” though it’s unclear if her re-recordings will be complete before she takes the stage in March.

In addition to 1989, Swift is expected to release new versions of her albums Speak Now and Reputation, as well as her self-titled debut, Taylor Swift.

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