Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse” copies Christian Rap Song, “Joyful Noise,” a jury rules.
Five years ago, Christian rapper Marcus Gray (also known as Flame) alleged Katy Perry’s chart-topper was a rip-off of his song, “Joyful Noise,” and it resulted in a lengthy legal battle. After a week-long trial, a California jury concluded “Dark Horse,” produced by Dr. Luke, is a copyright infringement and steals Gray’s original beat.
Both Perry and Luke testified that they had not heard “Joyful Noise” prior to creating “Dark Horse.”
“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera told jurors, adding that the beat was the only part of the song that shared a likeness.
“It is commonplace expression,” she said.
The nine-member jury disagreed after listening to both tracks.
Attorneys will now argue over how much Gray should be compensated.
In 2018, a judge ruled Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams pay $5 million to the Marvin Gaye estate for a copyright lawsuit over “Blurred Lines.”
You may listen to both below and judge for yourself: