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Why Taylor’s 2014 hit ‘Shake If Off’ is still making headlines

Why Taylor’s 2014 hit ‘Shake If Off’ is still making headlines

Taylor Swift’s messy legal battle over her 2014 hit single ‘Shake It Off’ seems to have resurfaced, as the singer recently issued a statement vehemently denying all allegations of copying the lyrics from another song.

The copyright infringement lawsuit was launched by the songwriters of a 2001 song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ in 2017.

The lawsuit had initially been dismissed when a Judge remarked that the lyrics were ‘too banal’ to be copied but was resurrected in 2021 after an appeal.

Taylor Swift has brought in support from her fellow ‘Shake It Off’  songwriters who have all unanimously denied having had any knowledge of the 2001 soundtrack before.

From Taylor Swift, to Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars, plagiarism lawsuits have become an ‘occupational hazard’ for today’s musicians.

This begs the question- what would happen if Taylor loses? Well, there would be a huge amount of payable damages.

But, Taylor will be able to minimise the financial blow if she has insurance.

Insurance for musicians and entertainers comes in highly customised packages and can protect performers against the financial repercussions of unexpected lawsuits.

Claims of copyright infringement or other IPR violations can thus be covered, with the performer receiving reimbursement for legal fees, court expenses, and payable damages, if any.  

IPR Infringement coverage can also be availed by businesses who may face claims of copyright violations in products, slogans, images, and advertisements.

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