Taylor Swift has asked a court to throw out a copyright lawsuit against her, arguing she has used ''musical cliches'' that should be in the public domain.
Taylor Swift has asked for a copyright lawsuit against her to be dismissed.
The 28-year-old singer was sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler in September 2017, who claimed her 2014 single 'Shake It Off' - which had the chorus, ''Players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate'' - ripped off 'Playas Gon' Play', a track they wrote for girl group 3LW in 2001 which featured the phrase, ''Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.''
But lawyers acting for Taylor have argued the phrase ''players gonna play and haters gonna hate'' is a musical cliché and should be in the public domain.
In a motion to dismiss obtained by the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column, the legal team wrote: ''There can be no copyright protection in 'playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate,' because it would impermissibly monopolise the idea that players will play and haters will hate.
''Plaintiffs' claim to being the only ones in the world who can refer to players playing and haters hating is frivolous... Providing a copyright monopoly in the phrase would prevent others from sharing the idea that players play and haters hate.''
The lawyers went on to argue the concepts were ''public domain cliches'' and insisted courts have consistently held that short phrases cannot be copyrighted.
A spokesperson for the 'Gorgeous' singer previously slammed the lawsuit as ''ridiculous'' and a ''money grab''.
They said: ''This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case.''
Once a fire fighter, always a fire fighter.
Today (September 14th) marks the 25th anniversary since the album's 1993 release.
Labrinth has teamed up with Sia and Diplo to form a new supergroup: LSD.
The Struts teamed up with Kesha for a red and gold themed music video as part of their collaboration on 'Body Talks'.
Sometimes actors are not acting.
Yet another teen sci-fi adventure, this movie may be sharply well-made but it struggles to...
Author Lois Lowry talks about her dystopian sci-fi book 'The Giver' in a featurette ahead...
Dr Seuss' eco-fable is transformed into a raucous adventure comedy in this colourful animated feature....
Watch the trailer for Valentine's Day *Chick Flick Alert* Valentine's Day is a romcom set,...
Watch the trailer for Hannah Montana The MovieHannah Montana has had the feature film treatment....