Katy Perry Beats Gospel Rapper's 'Dark Horse' Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (July 24, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Katy Perry escaped an infringement suit Thursday over her hit song "Dark Horse" after a Missouri federal judge ruled that a gospel rapper didn't show Perry has close enough ties to the state to justify it as a venue.

U.S. District Judge Henry Edward Autrey didn't get to the merits of the infringement claims when granting Perry's motion to dismiss, instead saying rapper Marcus Gray, known as Flame, and the writers of the gospel song "Joyful Noise" — which was allegedly infringed by "Dark Horse" — didn't establish a direct relationship between Perry and Missouri outside of the context of the...

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