Katy Perry wins lawsuit

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Katy Perry has won an appeal over a long-running copyright-infringement lawsuit, affirming that the musician and her record label don’t have to pay $2.8 million [1,076,652.08 OMR] in damages.

The lawsuit, first filed in 2014, alleged that Katy's song “Dark Horse” copied the repeated instrumentals in “Joyful Noise,” a song by Christian hip-hop artist Flame. A jury awarded Flame and the song’s two other writers $2.8 million [1,076,652.08 OMR] in damages, but a district court later voided that award. 

Flame filed an appeal in 2020. On Thursday, 10th March judges agreed that Katy Perry didn’t have to pay the damages because there wasn’t sufficient evidence that “Joyful Noise” and “Dark Horse” are “extrinsically similar works.”

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Michael Kahn, an attorney for Mr. Gray, said Friday that they were considering their options. “We are disappointed by the Court’s rejection of the unanimous verdict of a properly instructed jury,” he said in a statement.