Katy Perry Found Guilty for Ripping Off Christian Rap Song

Perry's team found guilty of copyright infringement!

July 30, 2019

Katy Perry and her team have been charged for copying the beats of a Christian rap song

AP News shares that the lawsuit was filed by Marcus Gray and two co-writers nearly five years ago. 

Gray and his team claim Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" stole a riff from their track "Joyful Noise."

Marcus Gray originally dropped the song back in 2009 under the stage name Flame and the hit features rapper Lecrae, who has managed to break into mainstream hip hop in recent years. 

According to  AP News nine judges listened to the two songs back to back in court and sided with Gray ruling that the songs were similar enough for it to be considered copyright infringement.

Perry's team argued that they did not pay attention to Christian music, but Gray's attorneys were able to prove the song was streamed enough for Perry's team to have heard the song. He also added that Katy Perry herself started her career as a Christian artist going by the name of Katy Hudson. 

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Complex News reported the trial has now moved to the penalty phase were judges will determine how much money Perry's team owes Gray and his co-writers. 

Other writers including Sarah Hudson and Juicy J who rapped a verse in the song are also said to be held liable. 

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