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There’s a new update in a lawsuit over Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics

The original case was closed in 2018 but has since been reopened

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In this June 22, 2018, file photo, singer Taylor Swift performs on stage in concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

In this June 22, 2018, file photo, singer Taylor Swift performs on stage in concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

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A Los Angeles federal court judge has found that claims from two songwriters alleging Taylor Swift had taken their lyrics for her hit song “Shake It Off” has a chance in court, USA Today reports.

In a 2017 lawsuit filed by the songwriters, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said the source of Swift’s lyrics for “Shake It Off” came from their 2001 hit “Playas Gon’ Play.”

Originally, the case was dismissed in 2018 as U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald said “their lyrics lacked sufficient originality to merit copyright protection,” according to Deadline.

In late 2019, a court of appeals reinstated the lawsuit. And Wednesday, Fitzgerald ruled he would not toss the case, saying that Hall and Butler “have sufficiently alleged a protectable selection and arrangement or a sequence of creative expression” and that Swift's “use as alleged is similar enough to survive the motion to dismiss,” per CBS LA.

Swift and her team have until Sept. 21 to file a response.

Swift’s “Shake It Off” includes the lyrics  “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Hall and Butler’s “Playas Gon’ Play” includes “Playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.”

Through the lawsuit, Hall and Butler are seeking a portion of the profit from Swift’s song, which, as of the filing date, has sold over 9 million copies.

According to CBS Los Angeles, representatives for Swift have disputed the contentions from Hall and Butler calling it “a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case.”