Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Loses Copyright Lawsuit to Flame & Lecrae Track Featured
This is pretty interesting ... you might remember a Lecrae, Flame & John Reilly song from 2008 called 'Joyful Noise'. Flame (real name Marcus Gray) sued Katy Perry in 2014, claiming her song 'Dark Horse', a huge hit in NZ and around the world, had taken its beat from Joyful Noise. Flame will be rewarded copyright damages, reports the Associated Press.
What happened was this: Flame's lawyers argued that the beat of Dark Horse had been copied from Joyful Noise, butKaty Perry and her co-writers said they'd never heard the song. Flame's lawyer argued that Joyful Noise was a widely known song, pointing to its millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify. "They're trying to shove Mr Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits," he said. He also pointed out that Katy Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.
It's a surprising verdict that could have interesting repercussions in the world of music copyright - Katy Perry's legal team argued that Flame was "trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone".
Neither of the artists have commented on the verdict.