Katy Perry has lost a copyright infringement lawsuit over one of her hit songs, according to The Associated Press.
On Monday, a jury decided that the singer’s 2013 hit song “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song, “Joyful Noise.” Perry was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
Marcus Gray, who goes by Flame, and two co-authors first sued Perry for copying their song in 2014. Now that a verdict has been decided, the nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles will decide how much is owed for the copyright.
The verdict shocked many in the courtroom because the trial did not focus on the lyrics of the song, just the notes and beats.
Despite the lyrics being completely different, all six songwriters and all four corporations that released and distributed the songs were found guilty, 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.
Other defendants found liable were Capitol Records and Perry’s producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut, who created the song’s beat.