Judge Rejects Taylor Swift’s Frantic Request To Dismiss The Copyright Lawsuit Involving “Shake It Off”

On Monday, the judge made his decision from the bench, nearly nine months after Taylor Swift submitted a Hail Mary motion asking the judge to overturn one of his own significant decisions and dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit centered on her biggest-ever single “Shake It Off.”

Swift’s final attempt to overturn U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald’s summary judgment ruling from last December was rejected, and the judge also made it clear that he intends to stick with the case’s current mid-January 2023 trial date. Judge Fitzgerald announced at a hearing in downtown Los Angeles that “the motion for reconsideration is denied.”

“I don’t think it meets the standard for reconsideration, and even if it did, and I was approaching it again on the merits, I still think there’s a genuine issue of material fact in part because of the expert opinion.”

Swift’s attorneys requested that Judge Fitzgerald reconsider his summary judgment ruling from December 9 that determined that the composers Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, whom Swift was suing, merited a trial over “genuine” areas of contention. Hall and Butler assert that Swift illegally appropriated the chorus of “Shake It Off” from their 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which they wrote for the all-female R&B duo 3LW.

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