Jury: Katy Perry Copied Christian Rap Song On 'Dark Horse'

A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry's 2013 track "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song, according to the Associated Press.

Next, the case will move to the penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much Perry and other defendants owe.

The verdict came following two days of deliberations in Los Angeles federal court.

"There is no copyright registration for the Beat itself, which means that no claim for copyright infringement can be brought with respect to the Beat", Billboard reported.

Perry performed a version of Dark Horse at the 2015 Super Bowl, while Joyful Noise has been viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube.

Attorneys for Gray and his co-plaintiffs, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu, claimed a riff featured through almost half of "Dark Horse" was lifted from "Joyful Noise", which Gray released under the stage name Flame.


"They're trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone", attorney Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

"It is commonplace expression", she said, adding that the Perry song's "unremarkable" beat is the only element the two tracks have in common.

The trial that began earlier this month helped settle a dispute over whether the underlying beat and instrumental line from Flame's song were also used in Perry's Grammy-nominated hit.

"If something sparked my interest, I would go, 'Hmm, I have some ideas,"' Perry testified during about a half-hour on the stand. However, they managed to fix the glitches without Perry performing.

Gray's attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that "Joyful Noise" had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors.

Ultimately, the technical issues were resolved.

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