News just in that some no-mark rapper of whom I’ve never heard is attempting to sue Katy Perry, alleging that she plagiarised his song. To add insult to injury, he, a gentleman called Flame, also says that she has sullied his overtly Christian Rap song with her associations of “witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery…”
This sounds like a case for His Honour Judge Sumner! To deal with the first allegation first, I would have to say that while the Beats of the Flame’s “Joyful Noise” and K-Pez’ “Dark Horse” are similar, the overall harmony and melodies are not. As far as I understand copyright law, it’s only melodies that can actually be copyrighted, so I believe that Flame is going to be put out on this one.
As to the second: the video for “Dark Horse” contains a prominent Ancient Egyptian theme, and occultists do look to the Egyptian mysteries for inspiration, but to infer that the video is therefore occult for that reason is a logical fallacy, a classical example of the undistributed middle. In any case the video is clearly not a plagiarism but Flame appears to be trying to link it in by the most tenuous means possible.
Besides: “Dark Horse” is not the most occult video that Katy Perry has ever released!
That distinction belongs to “Roar,” which is about a woman (Perry) who empowers herself by learning ancient shamanic techniques – i.e. shapeshifting. This is nothing other than what Magick in real life is all about! Achieving Self-Empowerment by learning ancient wisdom!
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