This one's really over. A federal judge has dumped a $2.8 million jury verdict against the pop star, who was sued last year by Christian rapper Flame for allegedly copying a melody in her 2013 hit "Dark Horse." Judge Christina Snyder said the 8-note phrase, allegedly lifted from the song "Joyful Noise," was "not a particularly unique or rare combination."
What's the bigger picture? After last week's legal victory for Led Zeppelin in a similar case, major labels and big-name acts might begin feeling more secure from such lawsuits.
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