Katy Perry loses in trial with Christian rapper Flame while Jury discovers that her hit Dark Horse from 2013 was copied from his song from 2009
A federal jury in Los Angeles ruled Monday that the 2013 Dark Horse by Katy Perry infringed the copyright infringement law in its likeness to the 2009 Joyful Noise from Flame, a Christian rapper.
The next step in the legal process comes in the penalty phase, in which the nine-member jury determines the price for the copyright infringement, according to the AP.
Flame, whose real name is Marcus Gray, filed the case in 2014 with two other authors of the song. He claimed in the suit that Dark Horse recorded beats and instrumentals that ran parallel to those in Joyful Noise.
The last one: a federal jury in Los Angeles ruled Monday that the 2013 Dark Horse by Katy Perry infringed the copyright infringement in its resemblance to the 2009 Joyful Noise from Flame, a Christian rapper (R)
Roar singer lawyers told the court that the parts of the song that Flame and his team called were musical basics, and that the drop effect of a loss in the suit would have a negative impact on the industry.
& # 39; They are trying to possess basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone & # 39 ;, Perry lawyer Christine Lepera told the court last week.
Perry and Dark Horse co-writer Dr. Luke both participated in the one-week process and claimed that they had never heard of Flame and were not listeners to Christian music.
Gray's legal team argued that prior to the release of Dark Horse in 2013, their client was well-known because Joyful Noise had collected millions of times on Spotify and YouTube; and the album on which it was recorded, Our World Redeemed, received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album.
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& # 39; They are trying to put Mr. Gray in an alley of gospel music that no one ever visits & # 39 ;, said a Flame lawyer, Michael A. Kahn.
The 34-year-old singer released Dark Horse, with rapper Juicy J, at the end of 2013 from her album Prism.
It was a commercial and critical hit that spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the month of February.
It also required native Santa Barbara, California, a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance and the Single of the Year award at the American Music Awards 2014.
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