Katy Perry, Capitol Records ordered to pay $2.78M to Christian rapper for copyright infringement

www.christianpost.com | 8/2/2019 | Staff
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Pop artist Katy Perry is being ordered to pay nearly $3 million in damages after a jury found that her hit song "Dark Horse" illegally copied Christian rap artist Marcus Gray's 2009 song "Joyful Noise."

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Perry, along with record company Capital Records and others were found liable of a copyright infringement earlier this week by a jury that was "split between those making the liability determination, and another party that dealt with the issue of awarding damages," Complex reported Thursday.

The song "Dark Horse" earned Capitol Records $41 million; approximately $3 million of that went to Perry. Perry and the record company maintained they had never heard Gray's song.

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The jury ultimately decided that Gray should receive $2.78 million, of which $550,000 was to come from Perry. The jury also determined that Gray, who goes by the rapper name Flame, was responsible for 22.5 percent of the profits that the song "Dark Horse" earned.

Gray argued that a 16-second musical riff from his song was lifted to provide the beat for "Dark Horse." He filed the lawsuit five years ago. The amount he was awarded was much less than the $20 million he was seeking.

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Perry's 2013 chart-topping song...
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