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Katy Perry Wins Appeal in ‘Dark Horse’ Infringement Case Judge reverses previous $2.8 million decision in favor of Christian rap

April 5, 2020

Katy Perry has won her appeal in the ongoing plagiarism dispute over her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.”

In 2014, the pop star was sued by the Christian rapper Flame (real name Marcus Gray), who claimed Perry and others pulled an eight-note musical phrase (known as an ostinato) from his song “Joyful Noise.” Last July, a jury found in favor of Flame and awarded him $2.8 million in damages.

In a new decision, however, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled that none of the individual elements that comprised the ostinato in “Joyful Noise” are “independently protectable” under copyright law, nor is the specific combination of them in his song.

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