Katy Perry loses “Dark Horse” copyright trial, $2.78M damages

Katy Perry and company loses "Dark Horse" copyright trial, ordered to pay $2.78 million in damages.

by Marsha Dizon

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American singer and songwriter Katy Perry (age 34), and those who worked on her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” lost in the copyright trial case filed by Marcus Gray, aka Flame.

Flame filed a lawsuit against Katy Perry, Lukasz “Dr Luke” Gottwald, Capitol Records, and others, claiming that Perry’s “Dark Horse” infringes on his song “Joyful Noise.” (See: Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’ copyright trial)

Earlier this week, the jury favored Flame in their decision and found Perry’s “Dark Horse” indeed infringed on Flame’s “Joyful Noise”.

Katy Perry and company were ordered to pay Flame a combined total of USD 2.78 million in damages.

Perry’s share of the damages was pegged at only USD 550,000 and most of the balance will be paid by Capitol Records.

“Dark Horse” reportedly earned USD 41 million total, with Katy Perry taking around USD 3 million of said amount. The biggest portion of the revenue went to Capitol Records. But the label asserts it only got a fraction of the total.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Katy Perry’s lawyers have filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder to rule that no reasonable jury could find copyright infringement based on the evidence that were presented at the trial. If Judge Snyder sides with Katy Perry and company, the damages would be disregarded.

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