Skip to comments.Musicologist Backs Up Copyright Infringement Claim Against Katy Perry...
Posted on 07/21/2019 4:17:27 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Expert witness Todd Decker alleges five or six points of similarity" between Perry's 2013 hit [Dark Horse] and the 2008 Christian rap song "Joyful Noise."
Day two of the copyright infringement trial over Katy Perrys 2013 single Dark Horse was characterized by more than one instance of live singing, but it wasnt the pop star who was giving the performance.
Instead, Todd Decker -- a musicologist and professor who serves as the chair of music at Washington University in St. Louis -- belted out some tunes during his testimony on Friday (July 19). Serving as the plaintiffs' expert witness, Decker is just one cog in an effort to prove that Perry and her Dark Horse collaborators, including songwriter-producers Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin, copied the underlying beat from Marcus Grays 2008 Christian rap song Joyful Noise without the permission of he or his co-plaintiffs, Emanuel Lambert, aka Da Truth, and Chike Ojukwu. (The lawsuit was first filed in 2014.)
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Looks like the Democrats again cozy up to thieves, if this lawsuit's claims are accurate!
If tbis guy’s an expert how is it he isnt sure if it is five or if it is six?
Katy started out a Christian singer and wound up a Spirit Cooking baby killer. Hope she loses this case.
Rats doin’ what rats do.
Exactly. She’s a raving moonbat leftard and a follower of the evil one...
Katy Perry is liberal trash!
When I hear about one musician suing another for allegedly copying their music, I often wonder who the one suing copied from. As long as music's been around, I doubt there are very many totally unique and original sounds and rhythms produced by anyone. Everything is derivative to some extent.
There probably are some instances of blatant copying, but when I've listened to some of the music supposedly copied, there is often little obvious similarity between the two being compared.
You are way too kind.
Notwithstanding the politics of the performers, the two songs have similar beats, but they aren’t identical note progressions and not the same tones. Very close rhythms, but used to very different effect.
I’ve heard many parody songs use close analogs of the original and avoid copyright claims, but I don’t know where the legal lines are drawn for sampling.
I’d think the plaintiff’s claims rely heavily on showing opportunity to steal the beat and intent, not so much the coincidental note progressions and tempo, and the article made it sound like the defense was being pretty effective in poking holes in that this far.
This is ridiculous. The plaintiffs are suing claiming that Perry and her collaborators have infringed an underlying beat from a 2008 Christian rap pieces eight bars for her 2012 hit . . . You cannot copyright a beat. . . I dont care that Perry is a moonbat. The lawsuit should be tossed or artists would be suing at the drop of a top hat.
So many songs out there have similar sounds, chords, and music I am surprised there are not more copyright lawsuits.
...copied the underlying beat...
This is stupid.
I have a copyright on the word “the.”
You cannot copyright a beat. . . I dont care that Perry is a moonbat. The lawsuit should be tossed or artists would be suing at the drop of a top hat.
I just copied your words. Sue me.
These law suits seem to be about some underlying rhythm in songs where the melodies, or tunes, sound very different.
If I copied a Lakota beat, could the drummer Sioux me?
Katy Perry: “I killed a nun”
Axis of Awesome - 4 Four Chord Song
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