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Photo: Taylor Swift | By Jake Epstein, Rebecca Cohen, Claudia Willen, Insider | A copyright case against Taylor Swift is set to go to trial over accusations that she stole the lyrics to her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” from another song, a US district judge ruled on Friday.

Central District of California Judge Michael Fitzgerald denied Swift’s motion for a summary judgment to dismiss the case, setting up the case for a jury trial, court documents show.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler alleged in 2017 that Swift copied the lyrics to the 2001 song they co-authored for 3LW, “Playas Gon’ Play.”

Swift had filed a motion in 2018 to dismiss Hall and Butler’s claims, arguing that their lyrics were not original enough to be copyrighted, and was granted the motion, according to court documents.

But an appeals court later reversed the dismissal, court documents show.

The 2017 lawsuit alleged that Swift’s lyrics in “Shake It Off” — “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” — infringes on the copyrighted material from 3LW.
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