Katy Perry ripped off Christian rap song for her hit Dark Horse, jury finds
Katy Perry has lost a copyright lawsuit claiming she ripped off a Christian rap song for her hit track, Dark Horse.
The 34-year-old was sued by rapper Flame (Marcus Gray), who claims she stole beats from his 2008 track, Joyful Noise, for her 2013 song.
A nine-member jury at an LA courtroom ruled that Katy had indeed copied the song.
The case will now go to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much Katy and co-authors Juicy J and producer Dr. Luke will pay up for infringement.
Flame’s lawyers had argued that the beat and instrumental line featured in nearly half of Dark Horse are substantially similar to those of Joyful Noise.
Dark Horse, a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album Prism, spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Katy a Grammy nomination.
Katy’s lawyers argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that – if found to be subject to copyright – would hurt music and all songwriters.
‘They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,’ Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said.
Perry, Juicy J and Dr Luke testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.
Katy, who served up some serious Versace glam for the first day of the trial, recently enjoyed a glorious getaway in Ibiza with her fiance Orlando Bloom, 42.
Orlando, who she’s been dating on and off since 2016, popped the question in February on Valentine’s Day and the pair are reportedly planning to have the wedding at the end of the year.
Discussing how the pair make long-distance work, the actor said it’s all about ‘creating a feeling of trust’.
Wouldn’t have said it better ourselves, Orlando!
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