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Songwriters agree to shake off Taylor Swift copyright case



Taylor Swift has had a lawsuit filed against her dropped by two fellow songwriters.

The pair claimed the Grammy winner stole their lyrics for Swift’s 2014 hit, ‘Shake It Off’.

According to court documents, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler said Swift copied their lyrics in her 2014 track.

However, the pair told a Los Angeles judge they will dismiss their case with prejudice.

A trial in the case had been rescheduled for 17 January but the prejudice ruling means they cannot refile the case.

In the song, Swift sings “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

But in the 2001 song, ‘Playas Gon’ Play,’ Hall and Butler believe Swift’s lyrics were too close to their own.

The song was performed by 3LW, and features the words “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.”

The was was dismissed in 2018 but a U.S. appeals court revived it a year later.

Swift told the court she had never heard of 3LW’s song before writing ‘Shake It Off.’

In court, she said the phrases were commonly used to “express the idea that one can or should shrug off negativity.”

Hall and Butler had requested an amount of money in damages. However, the recent court paper did not specify if a settlement agreement was reached.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Who killed the crypto boom?



It has been a shocking year for crypto investors, the year that crypto came crashing down to earth.

What began as a trickle became a turning point for crypto, losing their luster and exposed as a fringe product that most sensitive, experienced investors approached with skepticism.

So how did crypto climb so high under the cover of the pandemic?

By 2022, the ads were everywhere. Crypto was taking over the superbowl, and global sport.

Hollywood’s biggest names were jumping on board, and suddenly the big banking firms were taking notice.

The tokens might have been virtual, but crypto was become a real threat, and of real interest to next gen investors. #crypto #ftx #bitcoin

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U.S. Judge dismisses Dfinity-Meta trademark case



Meta has resolved a trademark lawsuit with Dfinity Foundation

Dfinity sued Meta over the infinity symbol logo that Meta adopted after changing its name from Facebook.

Dfinity alleged that the logo would cause confusion with Dfinity’s infinity-symbol trademarks.

The two parties have asked the San Francisco federal court to dismiss the case with prejudice.

Meta is still facing trademark lawsuits from Meta X and Metacapital over its name change. #Dfinity #Meta

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Elon Musk’s Tesla was blasted into space five years ago



Musk’s Tesla is currently floating through the galaxy

Exactly five years ago,Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster was launched into space to travel on an endless joy ride through the cosmic wilderness.

And how’s this for a journey.

On its anniversary, estimates suggest the vehicle has completed three and one quarter loops around the sun and is sitting 326 kilometres from Earth.

It’s also logged up more than 4 billion kilometres, mostly travelling through a barren vacuum.

In space terms, it did get close to Mars at one point – passing within 8 million ks of the planet – or about 20 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.

Although, it’s difficult to say where the vehicle is exactly with or whether it’s still even in one piece.

It is possible the roadster may have been hit by a meteoroid or eroded by radiation. #trending #fetured

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