Christian Rapper Flame Loses His Case Against Katty Perry
On Thursday, March 11, the Court of Appeals ruled that Katy Perry did not plagiarize her hit song “Dark Horse”. Her team was not liable to pay Christian rapper Flame for copyright infringement damages.
As reported by Variety, Flame, whose real name is Marcus Gray, accused Perry of stealing an eight-note pattern from his 2008 song “Joyful Noise.” Additionally, she accused him of using it in her 2013 Juicy-J backing hit. The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals voted in a 3-0 decision that Gray did not deserve compensation for the claim.
The final verdict comes after a 2019. Jury found Perry guilty of copyright infringement. And ordered that he and his team pay $2.78 million in damages to Gray. In 2020, new discussions about the decision took place.
He argued by Los Angeles Judge Christina Snyder that the “signature elements of the eight-note ostinato” in “Joyful Noise” were not sophisticated enough to warrant copyright protection. The decision is overturned. Then Gray later appealed the decision in 2020.
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Gray’s attorney, Michael A. Kahn, told Billboard that he is considering options for himself and his client. He said the case is unlikely to go to the Supreme Court.
“The notion that this simple, original, and clearly distinctive 8-note melody can’t be protected by copyright runs contrary to a series of simple and clearly distinctive 8-note opening melodies, including Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five,’ The Rolling Stones ‘ ‘Satisfaction,’ and, of course, the 8-note opening to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony,” Kahn told the publication. “We are considering our options.
About Christian rapper Flame
Marcus Tyrone Gray (born September 16, 1981), known as Flame, is an American Lutheran Christian hip hop rapper with Clear Sight Music.Flame has been nominated for several Dove and Stellar Awards throughout his music career and Our World: Redeemed was nominated for a Grammy Award.