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Taylor Swift is Too Basic to Copyright

We’ve always assumed Taylor Swift to be a walking cliché, and now there’s a lawsuit that officializes that well-established theory.

According to Variety, the writers of a 3LW track took Swift to court because the lyrics of the American R&B girl group’s 2001 single “Playas Gon’ Play” sounded like Swift’s “Shake It Off,” which made our ears bleed back in 2014.

The 3LW song sings “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate,” and Swift’s chorus painfully drills “players gonna play, play, play, play, play and haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

But the lawsuit against the pop singer-songwriter was dismissed when the judge wrote that T-Swift’s lyrics weren’t even creative or original enough to sue over.

“By 2001, American popular culture was heavily steeped in the concepts of players, haters and player haters,” Fitzgerald wrote. “The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal.”

So there you have it. Taylor Swift is – in fancy-shmancy law-related writing – a basic bitch.

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