March 12, 2022: Juicy J featuring Katty Perry Dark Horse, launched in 2013, was accused of plagiarising by eight-note ostinato. Popularly known as Flame, Marcus Gray made an allegation on Katy perry’s hit song Dark Horse which is a copy of his famous song Joyful Noise released in 2009.
Gray accused Katy Perry and others of the same crime of duplicacy in music, which includes the Capitol records of 2016, and that was granted $2.8m after 3years of the allegation by the jury members.
Formerly, the court asked Katy Perry to pay the amount of $2.8m to the ‘Joyful Noise’ singer for the copyright issue, but in March 2020, a primary verdict claimed Katy Perry no longer had to pay the money.
“The ostinatos in Perry and Gray’s respective songs consist entirely of commonplace musical elements, and the similarities between them do not arise out of an original combination of these elements.” – A Judge, The Ninth Circuit Court.
However, the judge made a final announcement on March 10 that all the allegations regarding the song were not acceptable. The judge made a statement that says, “The portion of the ‘Joyful Noise’ ostinato that overlaps with the ‘Dark Horse’ ostinato consists of a manifestly conventional arrangement of musical building blocks, allowing a copyright over this material would essentially amount to allowing an improper monopoly over two-note pitch sequences or even the minor scale itself, especially in light of the limited number of expressive choices available when it comes to an eight-note repeated musical figure.”
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