A jury from Los Angeles, USA, ruled that American singer Katy Perry and her team must pay a total of 2.78 million dollars for plagiarizing a Christian rap song for their hit song “Dark Horse“.
According to local media reports, the artist will pay 550 thousand dollars from her pocket, while the rest will be paid by her record label, Capitol Records, and other collaborators.
The sum of money will be used to compensate singer Marcus Gray, who under Flame’s alias specialized in Christian-themed rap and denounced both Perry and his creative team in 2014 for allegedly plagiarizing his song “Joyful Noise.”
This song, included in the album “Our World: Redeemed” (2008) by Flame, has a rhythm and a base very similar to the success of Perry “Dark Horse“, so much so that the American rapper decided to take the pop star to the courts
The artist claimed in his claim that, if considered plagiarism, he was entitled to receive the benefits achieved by the Perry theme, which was estimated at about $ 40 million.
But the star’s defense argued that production, recording and exploitation costs, among others, should be subtracted from that amount.
Finally, the Los Angeles jury estimated the compensation at 2.78 million dollars, after considering earlier this week that there was indeed plagiarism.
Dark House: from fame to scandal
The theme denounced, “Dark Horse” was part of the album “Prism” (2013) and which featured Juice J. It was one of the great successes of Perry’s career and his video clip, inspired by ancient Egypt, accumulates more than 2.6 billion views on YouTube.
In addition, “Dark Horse” was one of the highlights of Perry’s show in the 2015 Intermediate Super Bowl, the grand finale of the National Football League (NFL). It is one of the most important media events every year Worldwide.
The famous musical producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin participated, among others, in the gestation of «Dark Horse».
Both Perry and the rest of the musicians, composers and producers involved in the creation of “Dark Horse” said at trial that they had never heard the song “Joyful Noise” by Flame.
The decision on this case came unanimously by the jury, after a trial that lasted a week.
Source: Miami Diario