A federal jury has found Katy Perry guilty of copying a Christian rap song for her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.”
A nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom has found Katy Perry and her collaborators guilty of copying a 2009 Christian rap song called “Joyful Noise” by an artist named Marcus Gray.
They concluded that the beat of the Christian song was original enough to be copyrighted.
Perry, co-writer Sarah Hudson, Capitol Records, producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut have been found liable for copyright infringement due to the single’s similarities to another song.
The verdict came five years after the Christian rapper Marcus Gray, also known as Flame, and two co-writers filed a lawsuit against the pop star.
Gray suggested, the beginning and beats of “Joyful Noise” sound very similar to 2013’s “Dark Horse.” Gray’s song “Joyful Noise,” was also nominated for a Grammy.
The case will now go on to a penalty phase, where the jury will determine how much is owed for copyright infringement from Perry and the other defendants.