The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 31st, 2019 night edition

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(CNN) Katy Perry's 2013 song "Dark Horse" was copied in part from "Joyful Noise," a song by Christian rap artist Flame, a Los Angeles jury decided Monday, according court filings obtained by CNN.

The unanimous decision from a nine-person jury came after a week-long trial, during which Perry testified about the track's creation.

She was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read, Variety reported.

Flame, whose real name is Marcus Gray, argued that "Dark Horse" infringed on his copyright by using an underlying beat from his song without permission, according to court filings.

Perry's attorneys argued, in part, that the portion in question was too common and brief to be protected by copyright, Rolling Stone reported.

The penalty phase of the trial will begin Tuesday to determine damages owed by Perry and her co-writers.

Co-writers named in the suit include Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald; producer Max Martin; producer Cirkut, whose real name is Henry Walter; songwriter Sarah Hudson; and rapper Juicy J who was featured on the track. »

New bill would ban autoplay videos and endless scrolling

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Snapstreaks, YouTube autoplay, and endless scrolling are all coming under fire from a new bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), targeting the tech industry’s “addictive” design.

If approved, the Federal Trade Commission and Health and Human Services could create similar rules that would expire after three years unless Congress codified them into law.

If this bill were to become law, social media companies would be required to implement similar tools that track use across all of the devices a user owns. »

Morphou bishop says given abortion rate, hypocritical to mourn serial killer’s child victims

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Bishop Neophytos of Morphou has caused another uproar after his remarks on abortion and convicted serial killer Nicos Metaxas were posted on line.

In the latest extract, the bishop said that it is hypocritical to mourn for the two children killed by convicted serial killer Nicos Metaxas at a time where there are so many abortions in Cyprus.

He suggested that it was inevitable that a country with such a high rate of abortions would produce such a murderer. »

Russia Instagram influencer Ekaterina Karaglanova found dead in suitcase

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A prominent Russian Instagram influencer has been found dead with knife wounds in a suitcase in her rented apartment in Moscow, police say.

Ms Karaglanova, who had more than 85,000 followers on Instagram, had also recently graduated as a doctor.

As well as her Instagram account, Ms Karaglanov also maintained a popular travel blog, which had thousands of subscribers. »

Florida beekeeper says someone is poisoning his honey bees, 7 million possibly dead

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- A beekeeper near DeLand believes that someone is poisoning his honey bees after finding dead bees all over his property, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

He also has noticed plenty of bees behaving abnormally, including undertaker bees moving dead bees away from the hives.

Bell is reportedly offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is killing his bees. »