Singer Taylor Swift responded this week to a lawsuit filed against her that alleges the song shake it off it would be a plagiarism of the song Playas Gon’Play, of the 3LW group. “The letter of Shake It Off was written entirely by me. Until I heard about the songwriters’ claim in 2017, I had never heard of the song. Playas Gon’Play or the group 3LW,” the singer said in a sworn statement on Monday, the 8th.
The whole process started in 2017, when the composers of Playas Gon’Play, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, filed a copyright lawsuit citing similarities between their verses, “playas going play” and “haters going hate”, and the singer’s, “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate”. At the time, the action was dismissed by the judge, who considered the lyrics “too banal” to be considered as plagiarism. In 2021, however, the lawsuit was revived, and a new judge turned down Swift’s request to close the case, pointing out “enough similarities” between the two songs for a jury to deliberate on the issue.
Taylor, however, is far from the first pop star accused of plagiarism. Recently, a number of other artists have also been put up against the wall because of possible copies. Check out other recent cases below:
In April of this year, Englishman Ed Sheeran was exonerated in a plagiarism suit for the hit Shape Of You. The lawsuit was brought by singer Sami Switch and producer Ross O’Donoghue, who claimed that Sheeran’s music was directly influenced by the song. oh why, released by them in 2015, two years before the English hit. The judge, however, considered that there is not enough evidence to support plagiarism.
Last year, musician Toninho Geraes from Minas Gerais accused the English Adele of having copied the samba Women, consecrated in the voice of Martinho da Vila, in the process of creating the track Million Years Augfrom the album 25. “I was stunned when I realised. The melody and harmony are the same. It is a wide-open copy”, said the composer. Track hellofrom the same album, was also accused by fans of musician Tom Waits of being a copy of Marthafrom 1973, and the Million Years Aug was pointed out for being too similar to a composition by the Turkish Ahmet Kaya and with Hay Amoreslaunched in 2007 by the Colombian Shakira.
This week, composer Herlomm Diosly dos Reis Silva filed a claim for moral damages against Pabllo Vittar. According to him, the hit Love Suffers Cryfrom the album Tropical Beat, it’s a copy of the song Love, Suffer, Cry, registered in 2019. The singer’s team denies plagiarism, but Herlomm claims the royalties and asks the Justice to determine that he receives on top of shows, television shows and streaming reproductions. The value of the action can reach 1 million reais.