SMH Katy Perry taking from her own Christian people!
A federal jury in California has found that Katy Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song.
Now Katy Perry might face a huge fine.
BuzzFeed reports that Marcus Gray and two co-authors filed the copyright infringement lawsuit five years ago!
The group has claimed Perry and her producers stole a 16-second musical riff from their song “Joyful Noise.”
Gray’s attorneys argued that the instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are very similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”
“Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, served as a single from Perry’s 2013 album Prism. It sat at the No. 1 spot for four weeks and was nominated for a Grammy.
Katy Perry’s lawyers say the song’s creators were not familiar with “Joyful Noise” and don’t pay attention to Christian rap.
But with Katy’s Christian history, it makes it hard to believe.
(Perry began as a Christian artist called Katy Hudson in 2001, releasing her gospel-heavy debut album as a 16-year-old.)
They also argued that parts of the riff are fundamental and should be usable for all songwriters.
“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer said.
The lawyer also contended that “Dark Horse” has an “unremarkable” beat, and that’s the only shared aspect between the two tracks: “It is commonplace expression,’” she said.
After listening to both songs and hearing testimony from music and sound experts, the jury disagreed.
The trial will now move to the stage where attorneys will argue how much Gray is getting.
Yikes Katy, what’s the truth? All jokes aside, Katy Perry did not steal any beat from anyone. These people are just wanting to fuss about something. Hearts out to Katy!
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