Katy Perry will have to pay a pretty penny thanks to her Dark Horse legal drama — but not nearly as much as her record label has to hand over.
According to TMZ, the federal jury in El Lay just served the damages for the copyright infringement lawsuit alleging the pop star and her producers ripped off the Christian rap song Joyful Noise for her 2014 jam.
As we reported, Christian rapper Flame sued Katy Kat, Dr. Luke, and seven other songwriters for allegedly ripping off his tune. The jury agreed, and returned a unanimous verdict that KP and co. improperly copied the 2008 track by jacking a key 16-second musical rhythm.
The Never Really Over songstress was ordered to pay a little over $550k to Flame, while her label, Capitol Records, was ordered to pay $1.2 million. In total, Flame will get $2.78 million from all the defendants — a seemingly fair tradeoff, as the jury said his song was responsible for 22.5% of Dark Horse’s profits.
The jury’s decision came after two full days of testimony about how much the single and the album it was on, Prism, have earned to date. Katy has been treated to $3.2 million, while Capitol Records earned $31 million from the LP.
The lawsuit, which was first filed by Flame back in 2014, claimed Perry and her producers stole the underlying beat and riff in Joyful Noise for Dark Horse. He also said it destroyed his reputation in the Christian music community because he became associated with the anti-Christian imagery (read: Egyptian death magic) displayed in Dark Horse’s music video.
Perry disputed the two tracks having any meaningful similarities during her testimony earlier this month, claiming she’d never even heard Flame’s song before the lawsuit was filed. According to the songstress, she first heard the beats of Dark Horse from Dr. Luke while they were hanging out in Santa Barbara and she allegedly wrote the track in just four hours.
The American Idol judge’s attorneys also argued the song sections in question use basic musical elements that should be available to all songwriters. Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments on Thursday:
“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone.”
But the jury still sided with Flame’s legal team, which argued his song was popular enough to have been heard and copied, as it was nominated at the Grammy Awards and played on YouTube and MySpace millions of times.
Do U agree with the jury’s decision? Take a listen to a mash-up of the tracks (below).
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