With her record-breaking Eras Tour, Taylor Swift is creating waves all around the world. A special documentary that covers the circumstances that followed the release of her smash song “Shake It Off“.

Taking on Taylor Swift is a CNN investigation on the copyright lawsuit that Nathan Butler and Sean Hall, two composers, filed. The two asserted that Swift had stolen lyrics from their song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which was published by the group 3LW in 2000. The lawsuit was brought in 2017 and was dropped in 2022, but the consequences for musicians are still present: you run the danger of being sued if you write a popular song.

The document’s release coincides with a heightened level of interest in the megastar vocalist. In addition to the lucrative Eras Tour, Swift has made news for her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Her attendance at the games has attracted attention from audiences outside of the sports world.

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Taking on Taylor Swift is a CNN FlashDocs production that explores “the hazy line between cultural appreciation and appropriation” as well as the creative and credit-giving aspects of music.

According to Max, “Taking On Taylor Swift examines the moral, legal, and cultural implications of this case as well as related litigation brought against some of the biggest pop stars in the world.” “The program includes provocative observations from journalists and critics such as Shirley Halperin (Los Angeles Magazine), Sidney Madden (NPR), and Mikael Wood (Los Angeles Times), as well as insights from songwriters Tayla Parx and Kandi Burruss.”

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The video closely examines the minute distinctions in law between musical theft and inspiration. This is Hall’s first interview since he started his highly publicized court battle with Swift, and he sits down for an exclusive one with CNN and his lawyer, Marina V. Bogorad.

This Friday, October 20, Max will be streaming Taking on Taylor Swift, so if you don’t already have an active membership, sign up now. Executive Producer Eric Johnson, Supervising Producer Emily Taguchi, and Vice President of Program Development for CNN Worldwide Katie Hinman oversaw the documentary.


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