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Jury says Katy Perry, others must pay $2.78M after 2013 hit copied Christian rap song

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Posted at 8:46 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 21:46:49-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has found that Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label must pay $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a Christian rap song.

The jury awarded the money Thursday to Marcus Gray and his two co-writers on the 2009 song "Joyful Noise."

Perry herself was hit for just over $550,000, with Capitol Records responsible for the vast majority of the money.

It was an underdog victory for Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as Flame. His 5-year-old lawsuit survived constant court challenges and a trial against top-flight attorneys for Perry and the five other music-industry heavyweights who wrote the song.

Jurors had already decided that "Dark Horse" copied "Joyful Noise" and then were tasked with finding how much the defendants owed.