The lawsuit that accused Taylor Swift of copying some lyrics in her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” has been dropped.
According to the copyright lawsuit’s complaint, which was filed in 2017, Swift allegedly copied the lines “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” from a 3LW song, “Playas Gon’ Play,” written by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler. After five years, Hall, Butler, and Swift reached an agreement to drop the lawsuit, according to court documents filed on Monday.
The details of the agreement were not disclosed.
In Swift’s declaration filed in August, she wrote to the judge that she only listened to country radio, and she was not aware of the group 3LW. She also said that the lyrics to “Shake It Off” were written entirely by her, and she had heard the phrases “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” by other kids while growing up. A top she wore while performing at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards that read “Haters gonna hate” inspired the lyrics, she said.
Lawyers for Hall, Butler, and Swift did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In late 2021, Swift and her legal team asked for the lawsuit to be dropped.