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A jury's verdict that Katy Perry's hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a Christian rap song represents a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist, and sets up a battle over damages that will begin Tuesday. Monday's unanimous verdict by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors, first sued in alleging "Dark Horse" stole from "Joyful Noise," a song Gray released under the stage name Flame. The penalty phase is scheduled begin Tuesday with opening arguments, and will ultimately determine how much Perry and other defendants owe for copyright infringement. Testimony will give jurors a peek into the finances behind "Dark Horse," a hit single that earned Perry a Grammy nomination and was the second song in her elaborate Super Bowl halftime performance. Questions from the jury during two days of deliberations had suggested that they might find only some of the defendants liable for copyright infringement. The case focused on the notes and beats of the song, not its lyrics or recording, and the questions suggested that Perry might be off the hook. But in a decision that left many in the courtroom surprised, jurors found all six songwriters and all four corporations that released and distributed the songs were liable, including Perry and Sarah Hudson, who wrote only the song's words, and Juicy J, who only wrote the rap he provided for the song. Perry was not present when the verdict was read. Other defendants found liable were Capitol Records as well as Perry's producers: Dr.
By Adam S. Levy For Dailymail. A federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday ruled that Katy Perry 's song Dark Horse violated copyright infringement law in its similarity to the song Joyful Noise from Flame, a Christian rapper. The next step in the legal process will enter the penalty phase, in which the nine-person jury will determine the award for the copyright infringement violation, according to the AP. Flame, whose real name is Marcus Gray, filed the suit in with two other authors of the song. He claimed in the suit that Dark Horse incorporated beats and instrumentals that were paralleled those in Joyful Noise. Lawyers for the Roar songstress told the court that the parts of the song Flame and his team cited were musical basics, and that the trickle-down effect of a loss in the suit would have a negative impact on the industry. Perry and Dark Horse co-writer Dr.
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