American judge considers that one of Taylor Swift’s songs lacks originality and creativity

On 13 February 2018, a Federal District Court Judge in Los Angeles dismissed a copyright infringement case against Taylor Swift.  In his opinion, the allegedly infringing lyrics used by Swift in her song “Shake it off” lacked even the modest level of creativity required for copyright protection.  So if there was copying, it was only of unprotected elements.

The case stems back to a complaint for copyright infringement filed last September against Swift and music production companies connected to the Shake it off recording.