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The Digital Music News Podcast

Aug 27, 2019

Ed McPherson is one of biggest attorneys in the music industry.  And he's getting worried about a spate of recent copyright infringement decisions with highly-controversial outcomes.

The latest of those decisions belongs to Flame, a relatively-unknown Christian rapper who scored a $2.78 million infringement award after suing Katy Perry, producer Dr. Luke, Capitol Records and others involved in the 2015 hit, "Dark Horse".  McPherson doesn't agree with the decision — to put it mildly — and deeply questioned whether the U.S. court system is producing reasonable outcomes.

I asked McPherson if the industry is in trouble.  Here's what he said.