"Haters gonna hate" has never held more meaning for Taylor Swift than it does now.More news: Google raises price of YouTube TV; adds Turner Network, sports shows
However, in an order handed down Tuesday, federal Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald sided with Swift's defense that the elements in question weren't unique enough to fall under copyright protection. In the lawsuit Hall and Butler claimed that Swift's lyric "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate", was a rip off of their line "The playas gon play/Them haters gonna hate". "By 2001, American popular culture was heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters, and player haters".
As a result, he concluded: "The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal".More news: Chris Rock's Netflix stand-up special to premiere on Valentine's Day
Fitzgerald seems unconvinced Hall and Butler will be able to change his mind in the future, but he's allowing them to amend their complaint in case they intend to allege other similarities between the two works.
"The allegedly infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originality and creativity required for copyright protection", said the court.More news: Henrikh Mkhitaryan says Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is the world's best No 10
Tay Tay's people were adamant from the beginning that "This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab", and it looks like they were right. Hall has subsequently written and produced for artists such as Justin Bieber and Maroon 5, while Butler has worked with artists including Backstreet Boys and Luther Vandross. They added, "The law is simple and clear".