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AML 013: Copyright Law for Nigerian & American Artists: Lecrae, Flame et al. v Katy Perry


Did Katy Perry Infringe on Christian Rapper Lecrae’s Song ‘Joyful Noise’ with ‘Dark Horse’ ?

California Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer and Founder of Africa Music Law, Ms. Uduak Oduok, takes on the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Christian rappers Lecrae, Flame et al. against Katy Perry, Capitol Records, Juicy J and other Doe Defendants. Lecrae alleges that Perry infringed on his song ‘Joyful Noise’ released five years before ‘Dark Horse.’  Is it infringement? How do you figure out, as an artist, when someone has infringed on your work? Listen to learn and share.

NOTE: Consult an attorney for your specific situation. The information contained in the Podcast is for educational and informational use only.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What is Copyright Law?
  • What is a License & Assignment of  a Copyright?
  • What Constitutes Copyright Infringement?
  • What is Fair Use?
  • What is De Minimis in Copyright Law?
  • What are the Damages Under the US Federal Copyright Act for Artists who Claim Copyright Infringement.

Show Notes & Credits

Credit: Written, Produced & Edited by Uduak Oduok, Esq.
AML Theme Song 1 ‘Delight’: Nigerian-American Producer Kid Konnect
AML Theme Song 2 ‘Africans Modern Mix’: American Producer John Keller

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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