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US judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’ copyright lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song ‘Shake It Off’ on Tuesday ruling the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection.

Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler brought the suit last fall, arguing that the chorus of the song borrowed from their 2001 composition, ‘Playas Gon’ Play’.

In his ruling, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald held that combining the phrases, ‘Playas gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate,’ does not entail sufficient originality to warrant copyright protection, Variety reported.

Swift’s 2014 song reached No 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music.

Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of ‘Shake It Off’ are, ‘the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.’

Attorneys for Swift asked US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case.

“In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers.

The songwriters who sued Swift did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001.

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Closed session of NC mahasamiti meeting kicks off

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KATHMANDU- The closed session of the Nepali Congress mahasamiti meeting kicked off this morning.

In the closed session, General Secretary has presented the organizational report while Treasurer Sitadevi Yadav the account report, and Joint General Secretary Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat the economic proposal. The mahasamiti members are to discuss thoroughly on these three documents today.

NC Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma informed the National News Agency (RSS) that the party statute would be passed based on the views of the attending members.

However, the consensus is eluding on the draft amendment of the statute. After the central committee forges consensus, it would be presented before the mahasamiti meeting.

More than 1,700 representatives including members and observers are attending the mega meeting. The mega meeting of the party is to continue for two more days.

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