Katy Perry Ordered to Pay $2.78M for Copying Christian Rap Song for ‘Dark Horse’

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Turned out, Katy Perry steals music made for the Lord! A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song.

Keep on reading for the details.

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Jury’s ruling

According to the jury’s decision, Katy Perry and her team are obliged to pay $2.78 million because the singer’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a Christian rap song by Marcus Gray.

Even though Marcus Gray was looking for about $20 million, he was still happy about winning the deal.

Source: AP

“These defendants have made millions and millions of dollars from their infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright,” Gray’s attorney, Michael A. Kahn, stated.

Stealing scandal 

Katy Perry’s hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a portion of a Christian rap song from 2009, a jury decided Monday, setting the stage for the pop star to potentially face a hefty penalty.

It came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

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“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 Perry a Grammy nomination.

Perry was not in the Los Angeles courtroom when the verdict was read after two days of deliberation. Marcus Gray and two co-authors filed the copyright infringement lawsuit five years ago, alleging that Perry and her producers stole a key 16-second musical riff from their rap song “Joyful Noise.”

For reference, refresh your memory with the background beat and tune for Perry’s “Dark Horse”:

And compare that to the background beat in “Joyful Nose,” which Gray released under the stage name Flame.

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song’s creators, including producer Dr. Luke, hadn’t heard of “Joyful Noise” and don’t listen to Christian rap. They also contended the elements of the riff are so basic that they should be available to 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 told jurors, according to the Associated Press.


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Katy Perry Ordered to Pay $2.78M for Copying Christian Rap Song for ‘Dark Horse’
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Katy Perry Ordered to Pay $2.78M for Copying Christian Rap Song for ‘Dark Horse’
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Turned out, Katy Perry steals music made for the Lord! A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song. Keep on reading for the details.
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