Katy Perry sued for copyright infringement, is Marcus Gray the Dark Horse?

This case, brought in the US District Court of California, is between Plaintiffs Marcus Gray, Chike Ojukwu, and Emanuel Lambert who are Christian rap/hip-hop artists and Defendants Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry), Jordan Houston (Juicy J), Lukasz Gottwald (Dr Luke) as well as a number of other individuals and music publishers.

The allegation was first filed on the 1st July 2014, which claimed that the song “Dark Horse” infringed upon the Plaintiffs’ copyright in the song “Joyful Noise.” On 25th June 2018 the defendants filed a motion for a summary judgement and the Court hearing took place this month.

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The Proposed EU Reforms to Copyright

John Tunnard, Solicitor in Media Law at Taylor&Emmet discusses the proposed EU reforms to copyright.

2018 is going to be a big year for the copyright directive and indeed the digital market reforms. This is because the Commission’s term finishes in 2019 so if these proposals are not in final form by early 2019 at the latest, they won’t get through in time.

The biggest question is whether there is sufficient political will to prioritise and push the remaining controversial areas in relation to the copyright directive through.

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