Friday, August 2, 2019

Katy Perry ordered to pay $550K of the $2.7m award to rapper Flame in copyright infringement case

A federal jury in Los Angeles found Katy Perry, Dr. Luke and seven others liable in a copyright infringement case involving her 2013 song Dark Horse.

Just three days on and that same jury has awarded the plaintiff, Christian rapper Flame, $2.7 million in damages from all of the defendants for stealing heavily from his gospel tune Joyful Noise, which was uploaded to YouTube back in 2008.

According to TMZ, Perry will have to hand over $550,000 for her part in the suit, while her label, Capitol Records, will have to pay $1.2 million, which is more than half of the payout.

The jury heard two full days of testimony about Perry's hit song that was released on the album, Prism.

The starlet, 34, maintained she never heard Flame's (real name Marcus Gray) track prior to the filing of the lawsuit, and that she wrote her song in Santa Barbara in four hours after hearing the beats laid out by collaborator, Dr. Luke. 

In the end the jury came back with a unanimous verdict and said that Perry's song improperly copied the rap track, specifically the repeated musical rhythm.

They ruled Flame's song was responsible for 22.5% of the Dark Horse profits. To date, Perry's take has been $3.2 million and Capitol Records earned $31 million.