Christian Rapper Stripped of $2.8 Million Payout After Katy Perry Copyright Claim Overturned

Katy Perry (Reuters)

A little-known Christian rapper who was awarded $2.8 million after claiming that pop star Katy Perry copied his song will not receive any compensation, a judge has ruled.

Rapper "Flame" won a high-profile plagiarism dispute last July after claiming that Perry had stolen an eight-note musical phrase from his 2008 song "Joyful Noise" for her hit single, "Dark Horse."

However, in a new decision, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled that none of the individual elements that comprise the section in Flame's track are "independently protectable" and thus the case must be dismissed.

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