Taylor Swift is looking to shake up the legal world by asking a judge to reconsider moving to a jury trial over her Shake It Off hit song.

The lawsuit was filed by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the 2001 song Playas Gon’ Play by 3LW.

They contend that Swift pilfered the lyrics from their song, and while a federal judge denied Swift’s earlier motion to dismiss, Swift and her lawyers are asking the judge to reconsider, in what is said to be a rare move only used when judges have made a clear error in their ruling, via Billboard.

Lawsuit: Taylor Swift is looking to shake up the legal world by asking a judge to reconsider moving to a jury trial over her Shake It Off hit song

Lawsuit: Taylor Swift is looking to shake up the legal world by asking a judge to reconsider moving to a jury trial over her Shake It Off hit song

Lawsuit: Taylor Swift is looking to shake up the legal world by asking a judge to reconsider moving to a jury trial over her Shake It Off hit song

Lyrics: They contend that Swift pilfered the lyrics from their song, and while a federal judge denied Swift’s earlier motion to dismiss, Swift and her lawyers are asking the judge to reconsider, in what is said to be a rare move only used when judges have made a clear error in their ruling, via Billboard 

The lawsuit was first filed by Hall and Butler back in 2017, contending that Swift stole their lyric, ‘playas, they gonna play’ and ‘haters, they gonna hate’ from Playas Gon’ Play and turned it into, ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’

While Playas Gon’ Play was a modest hit, peaking at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in 2001, Shake It Off was a huge hit for Swift.

The song debuted at #1 on the singles chart in September 2014 and spent four straight weeks atop the chart.

Lyrics: The lawsuit was first filed by Hall and Butler back in 2017, contending that Swift stole their lyric, ‘playas, they gonna play’ and ‘haters, they gonna hate’ from Playas Gon’ Play and turned it into, ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate’

Shake It Off would ultimately spend 50 weeks on the Hot 100, tying Swift’s You Belong With Me for her longest-charting single.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald denied Swift’s motion to dismiss the case on December 9, stating it needed to be decided by a jury of her peers.

‘Even though there are some noticeable differences between the works, there are also significant similarities in word usage and sequence/structure,’ he said.

Big hit: Shake It Off would ultimately spend 50 weeks on the Hot 100, tying Swift’s You Belong With Me for her longest-charting single

Denied: U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald denied Swift's motion to dismiss the case on December 9, stating it needed to be decided by a jury of her peers

Denied: U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald denied Swift's motion to dismiss the case on December 9, stating it needed to be decided by a jury of her peers

Denied: U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald denied Swift’s motion to dismiss the case on December 9, stating it needed to be decided by a jury of her peers

Swift’s lawyer stated in a new filing that the judge made a ‘critical error’ in his ruling, stating he failed to apply the ‘extrinsic test’ where judges remove material that isn’t covered by copyright, which he quotes from a high-profile case involving Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.

‘It is essential to distinguish between the protected and unprotected material in a plaintiff’s work,’ the singer’s attorneys contended.

‘Doing so here leaves only this similarity: both works use versions of two short public domain phrases – ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’ – that are free for everyone to use, and two other but different tautologies that plaintiffs claim share the same underlying general idea or concept,’ the attorneys added.

Critical error: Swift's lawyer stated in a new filing that the judge made a 'critical error' in his ruling, stating he failed to apply the 'extrinsic test' where judges remove material that isn't covered by copyright, which he quotes from a high-profile case involving Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven

Critical error: Swift's lawyer stated in a new filing that the judge made a 'critical error' in his ruling, stating he failed to apply the 'extrinsic test' where judges remove material that isn't covered by copyright, which he quotes from a high-profile case involving Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven

Critical error: Swift’s lawyer stated in a new filing that the judge made a ‘critical error’ in his ruling, stating he failed to apply the ‘extrinsic test’ where judges remove material that isn’t covered by copyright, which he quotes from a high-profile case involving Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven

‘The presence of versions of the two short public domain statements and two other tautologies in both songs … simply does not satisfy the extrinsic test,’ they added.

An attorney for Hall and Butler, Marina Bogorad of the firm Gerard Fox Law, disagreed with their assessment, which she called, ‘groundless.’

‘All it asks is for the court to reverse itself because Swift is unhappy with the ruling. She raised these argument before, and they were rejected,’ Bogorad said.

‘The precedent is clear that such motions are routinely denied because the rules are not designed to give an unhappy litigant one additional chance to sway the judge. We are confident the Court will adhere to this precedent here.”

Public domain: 'The presence of versions of the two short public domain statements and two other tautologies in both songs … simply does not satisfy the extrinsic test,' they added

Public domain: 'The presence of versions of the two short public domain statements and two other tautologies in both songs … simply does not satisfy the extrinsic test,' they added

Public domain: ‘The presence of versions of the two short public domain statements and two other tautologies in both songs … simply does not satisfy the extrinsic test,’ they added

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