Katy Perry has lost her copyright trial over her song “Dark Horse.” Katy and Dr. Luke were sued by Christian rapper Flame, a.k.a. Marcus Gray, who claimed their song was a rip-off of his tune, “Joyful Noise,” and now a jury has agreed.
Perry and all the parties involved insisted during the trial they never heard “Joyful Noise” before writing their song. Gray argued that the beat and instrumental line featured in the majority of “Dark Horse” sounded the same as what is in his song. He also charged that the "witchcraft" aspect of her music tainted his
The trial will now head into the penalty phase, with the jury to decide how much Katy, the song’s co-authors and her producer Dr. Luke owe over the copyright infringement.