Katy Perry

Katy Perry's Dark Horse:

Katy Perry copies Christian rap song. It is getting expensive. The song "Dark Horse" has earned the singer Katy Perry a Grammy nomination - and a lot of trouble. A US court ruled that she copied the song. Now millions of dollars are due. Perry's excuse seems abstruse. 

Pop star Katy Perry, her staff and the record label have been forced to pay $ 2.78 million (about 2.5 million euros) for copyright infringement. A jury in Los Angeles has now awarded the sum to the plaintiff Marcus Gray and two co-authors.

Already on Monday, the jury had found Perry guilty of copying parts of the Christian rap song "Joyful Noise" for her hit "Dark Horse". Perry himself has to pay just over $ 500,000, while Capitol Records is responsible for most of the money.

It is an unexpected victory for Gray, who performs under the name Flame. His lawsuit, filed five years ago, persisted despite constant legal challenges, as well as high-profile lawyers from Perry and the other heavyweights in the music industry who wrote the song.

Gray's lawyers had argued that record label Capitol Records had received more than $ 31 million for the single, the album and the concert DVD. Capitol Records belongs to the Universal Group. 

Lawyers from both sides said Perry had earned $ 3 million, minus $ 600,000 in spending.
How exactly the revenue of a single song is calculated, which also appeared on an album and a DVD, presented a challenge for the jury. 

The marketing campaign for the album, salaries of employees and fees for artists would also have to be included, said Steve Drellishak, Vice President of Universal Music.

The jury on Monday found all six songwriters and all four corporations responsible for releasing and distributing the song, including Perry, Sarah Hudson, Juicy J, Capitol Records, dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut.

Perry sang in the church choir:

Perry and the song's co-writers testified during the trial that they did not hear the Christian Rap song or Gray before the lawsuit. They did not hear any "Christian music," they said. 

It's enough to look into the online lexicon Wikipedia to know that Perry sang as a child in the church and started her career as a gospel singer - so there is a great closeness to Christian music.

Grays attorney Michael A. Kahn said of the defendants that they wanted to "push Gray into some gospel music alley that nobody ever visits." He pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist. 

Gray's lawyers just had to demonstrate that "Joyful Noise" had a broad reach and could have been heard by Perry and her co-writers.

They provided evidence that the song was clicked millions of times on YouTube and Spotify and that the album was also nominated for a Grammy.


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