Katy Perry ordered to pay $550K of the $2.7 million award to rapper Flame in copyright infringement case over her song Dark Horse
A federal jury in Los Angeles found Katy Perry, Dr. Luke and seven others liable in a copyright infringement case involving her 2013 song Dark Horse.
Just three days on and that same jury has awarded the plaintiff, Christian rapper Flame, $2.7 million in damages from all of the defendants for stealing heavily from his gospel tune Joyful Noise, which was uploaded to YouTube back in 2008.
According to TMZ, Perry will have to hand over $550,000 for her part in the suit, while her label, Capitol Records, will have to pay $1.2 million, which is more than half of the payout.
Court battle: A federal jury in LA ordered Katy Perry to pay $550,000 of the $2.7 million award to rapper Flame as part of the copyright infringement case over her song Dark Horse
The jury heard two full days of testimony about Perry’s hit song that was released on the album, Prism.
The starlet, 34, maintained she never heard Flame’s (real name Marcus Gray) track prior to the filing of the lawsuit, and that she wrote her song in Santa Barbara in four hours after hearing the beats laid out by collaborator, Dr. Luke.
In the end the jury came back with a unanimous verdict and said that Perry’s song improperly copied the rap track, specifically the repeated musical rhythm.
They ruled Flame’s song was responsible for 22.5% of the Dark Horse profits. To date, Perry’s take has been $3.2 million and Capitol Records earned $31 million.
Redemption: Flame (real name Marcus Gray) was all smiles when he left the courthouse after learning of the $2.7 million award from the jury
In the lawsuit first filed in 2014, Flame claimed Perry and company stole the underlying beat and riff in the middle of Joyful Noise.
He also said he suffered significant damage to his reputation in the Christian music world because he is now associated with the occult themes in Perry’s Dark Horse video and lyrics.
Perry is reportedly worth a whopping $330 million, and purportedly earns $20 million a season on American Idol.
The dispute: In his lawsuit first filed in 2014, Flame claimed Perry and company stole the underlying beat and riff in the middle of Joyful Noise for Perry’s hit Dark Horse
Her take: Perry denied ever hearing Flame’s tun Joyful Noise prior to the lawsuit; she is reportedly worth a whopping $330 million