Katy Perry and her collaborators must pay $2.78 million after a jury found that her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied 2009 Christain rap song, “Joyful Noise.”
The financial penalty was decided by a nine-member jury in Los Angeles on Thursday. Marcus Gray, who goes by Flame, and two co-authors first sued Perry for copying their song in 2014. Perry and other defendants lost the copyright lawsuit on Monday.
Gray’s team had reportedly sought $20 million, noting “Dark Horse” had grossed about $41 million. Perry’s attorneys had argued for damages to be around $360,000, but the jury decided otherwise.
Perry personally must pay $550,000, with Capitol Records responsible for the rest of it. “We weren’t here seeking to punish anyone,” said Gray’s attorney, Michael A. Kahn. “Our clients came here seeking justice, and they feel they received justice from a jury of their peers.”
Perry’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said they plan to vigorously fight the decision. “The writers of Dark Horse consider this a travesty of justice,” Lepera said.