Copyright Chaos?

Katy Perry and her record label, Capitol Records, have been hit with a USD$2.7 million copyright judgment following allegations by Marcus Gray that Perry’s hit song ‘Dark Horse’ copied the beat of his Christian rap song ‘Joyful Noise’. Commentators argued that the similarities between the songs were insufficient to constitute copyright infringement, contributing to growing concerns that the balance of artistic freedom of expression versus copyright protection is weighing heavily in favor of the latter. The case raises questions as to whether the verdict could lead to a new wave of copyright infringement lawsuits.