Fairness Rocks News Copyrighting the ‘Building Blocks’ of Music? Why the Katy Perry Case Alarms Producers


Fairness Rocks News Copyrighting the ‘Building Blocks’ of Music? Why the Katy Perry Case Alarms Producers

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Author: Nastia Voynovskaya

Date: August 6, 2019

Original Source: KQED

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Copyrighting the ‘Building Blocks’ of Music? Why the Katy Perry Case Alarms Producers

After a seven-day trial, last week’s copyright infringement ruling against Katy Perry came down to four notes from her 2013 hit, “Dark Horse.”

On July 29, a jury ruled in favor of Christian rapper Flame, a.k.a. Marcus Gray, who says that Perry and her collaborators Juicy J, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut and Sarah Hudson lifted the looped synth melody from Flame’s 2008 song “Joyful Noise.” Perry, the co-writers and her label, Capitol, now have to pay out $2.8 million dollars in damages.

Read more: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13863015/perry-dark-horse-flame-joyful-noise-copyright-infringement-precedent