Katy Perry won a legal victory in court after a California judge reversed a $2.8 million copyright infringement judgment filed against the pop star by Christian rapper Flame, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the decision, handed down on Tuesday (March 17), U.S. Court District Judge Christina Snyder concluded that plaintiff Marcus Gray failed to prove that Perry copied his song “Joyful Noise” for her 2013 single “Dark Horse.”
In order to prove infringement “a plaintiff must establish ownership of a valid copyright and copying of constituent elements of the work that are original,” the legal decision states.
Gray, a.k.a. “Flame” sued Perry, Capitol Records and producer Dr Luke. After reviewing the evidence, including testimony from musicologist Dr. Todd Decker, Snyder ruled in Perry’s favor.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:07:00 AM