Songwriters Accuse Taylor Swift of Copyright Infringement

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Sean Hall and Nathan Butler has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Taylor Swift, Karl Martin Sandberg, Karl Johan Schuster, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, alleging they violated copyright laws through unauthorized distribution of an intellectual property.

In the Complaint which was filed on September 18 at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the plaintiffs alleged that they have suffered a lot of injury due to the copyright infringement in their song “Playas Gon’ Play.” The plaintiffs’ claim that their song had its debut in 2001 and the defendants copied and included similar lyrics in their song “Shake It Off” that was released in August 2014.

The defendant went ahead without seeking license or other permission from Hall and Butler, continued to copy and publicly perform the plaintiffs’ copyrighted material, and profited substantially from their infringing activities.

Hall and Butler seek trial by jury, determination that their copyright has been infringed upon by the defendants, damages, attorney fees costs, and all further relief the court deems just.

The case is currently pending.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: