Jury Rules Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Is A Rip-off
In an earlier report, we reported that American singer, Katy Perry appeared in the L.A. Federal Courthouse and testified in the ongoing legal battle between herself and Christian rapper, Flame.
Flame sued the songstress in July 2014 after he claimed that her 2013 hit track, “Dark Horse” is a total rip-off of his Grammy-nominated gospel track “Joyful Noise”
Flame’s music label uploaded the music video in 2008 to YouTube and according to the suit, he is alleging that Perry not only jacked the religious music but she also destroyed his reputation in the Christian music world because he is now associated with the anti-Christian witchcraft and imagery that appears in the “Dark Horse” music video. In his suit, Flame also claims that Perry jacked the underlying beat.
In an update, Katy Perry has lost the lawsuit as a jury ruled that her song “Dark Horse” stole heavily from the gospel song that came out five years earlier. The verdict was given on Monday, July 29. The case will now proceed to the damages phase (when Perry finds out how much the loss will cost her).
As we reported, Perry showed up to court last week wearing a mint-coloured suit and took the stand, claiming there are no significant similarities between the two songs. When she took the stand, she claimed she never heard the song, “Joyful Noise,” prior to the filing of the lawsuit. Perry told the jury she initially heard the beats from Dr Luke while they were drinking wine in Santa Barbara, and claimed she wrote “Dark Horse” in only four hours.