Katy Perry found herself with one less $2.8 million problem Tuesday, when a judge tossed a copyright infringement case against her.
U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder found that Capitol Records and the team that worked on Perry’s “Dark Horse” in 2013 — which includes Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald — are not liable for infringing on Christian rapper Flame (né Marcus Gray)’s song, “Joyful Noise.”
After reviewing evidence presented at the initial trial in July, Snyder found that Gray failed the “extrinsic test,” which, per the Hollywood Reporter, “requires that a copyright plaintiff identify concrete elements based on objective criteria that the works are similar.”
Without delving into the specific findings of Snyder and musicologist Todd Decker, it appears that the main “riff” to “Dark Horse” was Gray’s point of contention, and it was deemed insufficiently unique enough.
Perry, who announced she was pregnant in early March, could use some good news: Her grandmother died earlier in March, and she was forced to postpone her proposed Japanese nuptials with fiancé Orlando Bloom due to the coronavirus.
The 35-year-old claimed in her pregnancy reveal video (for the single “Never Worn White”) that her new record would be arriving this summer.
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