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Taylor Swift Says She Couldn’t Plagiarize a Song She Never Heard

Taylor Swift performs in New York in 2019. 

Taylor Swift performs in New York in 2019. 

Photographer: Manny Carabel/Getty Images

Taylor Swift says she couldn’t have ripped off the lyrics to her hit “Shake It Off” from a song she’d never heard before. 

Swift defended herself as the sole songwriter of the 2014 song in a sworn declaration filed Monday, saying “the lyrics to Shake It Off were written entirely by me.” It’s the latest response to a copyright infringement suit two songwriters from the band 3LW filed against Swift in 2017.