Jury: Katy Perry Copied Christian Rap Song On 'Dark Horse'

U.S. singer Katy Perry copied the beat of her 2013 hit Dark Horse from a Christian rap song, a Los Angeles jury found yesterday. A nine-member jury in Los Angeles decided in favor of the plaintiffs following a seven-day trial.

Gray's attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through almost half of "Dark Horse" are substantially similar to those of "Joyful Noise".

Both Perry and Dr. Luke testified that they had not heard "Joyful Noise", according to an article in the Hollywood Reporter.

"Dark Horse" spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

They also claimed in court on Thursday that considering it a copyright infringement would be detrimental to songwriters and music as a whole, according to AP.

The litigation was brought in 2014 by Gray against the Grammy-nominated singer and her collaborators.

They concluded that the beat of the Christian song was original enough to be copyrighted.

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Unlike Perry's hit, Gray's song lacked "widespread distribution", and any contention that the Perry team had been exposed to it is "pure speculation", the defense attorney said.

The 34-year-old songstress released Dark Horse, which featured rapper Juicy J, in late 2013 from her album Prism.

In total, the video has been watched more than 2.6 billion times since its release in 2014. "Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits", said plaintiffs' attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, also noting that Perry started out as a Christian artist. However, they managed to fix the glitches without Perry performing.

"I could perform it for you live".

Perry was not in the Los Angeles courtroom when the verdict was read.

Gray's attorneys said "Joyful Noise" was widely distributed, and that there was a good chance Perry or any of her co-authors could have heard the song.

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