According to the motion filed by Swift, “It is well established that copyright does not protect short phrases such as ‘playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate’. Therefore, it continues, the ‘plaintiffs’ claim to being the only ones in the world who can refer to players playing and haters hating is frivolous.”
The lawsuit filed in September 2017 by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler had accused Swift of copying lyrics and music sequence from a compilation of their own.
The complainants further alleged that the infringed copyrighted material accounted for approximately 20 percent of ‘Shake it Off’.
The suit claimed that “Playas Gon’ Play” could not be used without a license, as is “customary standard practice in the music industry”.