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A federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday ruled that Katy Perry's 2013 song Dark Horse violated copyright infringement law in its similarity to the 2009 song Joyful Noise from Flame, a Christian rapper.
The next step in the legal process will enter the penalty phase, in which the nine-person jury will determine the award for the copyright infringement violation, according to the AP.
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Flame, whose real name is Marcus Gray, filed the suit in 2014 with two other authors of the song. He claimed in the suit that Dark Horse incorporated beats and instrumentals that were paralleled those in Joyful Noise.
Lawyers for the Roar songstress told the court that the parts of the song Flame and his team cited were musical basics, and that the trickle-down effect of a loss in the suit would have a negative impact on the industry.
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'They're trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,' Perry lawyer Christine Lepera told the court last week.
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