On Monday, a federal jury in Los Angeles decided that Katy Perry’s 2013 song “Dark Horse” copied parts of a Christian rap song released in 2009.
Marcus Gray and his co-authors sued Perry several years ago, alleging that the hit copies parts of the song, “Joyful Noise,” which Gray released under the name Flame. Perry and her co-authors, including Dr. Luke, claim to have not heard the song in question before the lawsuit, and offer that the beat in question is a simple “building block” of music.
“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 argued during the case, according to Fox News.
Lawyers for Gray claim that “Joyful Noise” was widely available and a part of the mainstream, based on views and streams. The song is featured on the album, Our World Redeemed, which was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Rap Or Rock Gospel Album.
Next up is the penalty phase, which will determine how much Perry and her co-authors owe the defendants.
“Dark Horse” features rapper Juicy J and was also nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song is from Prism, released in October of 2013.
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