Jury Sides With Christian Rapper Who Claims Katy Perry Copied His Song
In 2014, Christian artist Marcus Gray and two co-authors sued singer Katy Perry, alleging her song “Dark Horse” was stolen from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.
Gray’s attorneys had argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.” His attorneys said that his song had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was actually nominated for a Grammy.
Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, claimed they had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music during their 7 day trial. Despite that, on Monday, a jury found that the pop idol improperly copied his song.
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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