A Christian rapper, known as Flame, was awarded $2.7 million on Thursday by a Los Angeles jury which found Katy Perry, various producers, and other collaborators of the song ‘Dark Horse’ guilty of copyright infringement.
As per report of the Los Angeles City News Service, Marcus Gray or Flame said the beat of his song “Joyful Noise” was picked and used in Perry’s single.
Flame is a 37-year-old guy from St. Louis, Missouri who released his first album in 2004. He had several hits on the Billboard gospel and Christian charts, though a little known outside of that genre.
Last week, the jury stated that the short passage in the two songs was identical.
Perry, who was not present during the judgment day, testified that she believed “Dark Horse” is an original work.
She believed that the song was originally created by her writers and producers as they presented her the series of short instrumental passages of it.
Thus, her attorney said the pop star would appeal.
“The writers of `Dark Horse’ consider this a travesty of justice,” attorney Christine Lepera told reporters outside the court.
The song has brought $31 million in the record label Capitol Records, which is a unit of Universal Music Group, while Perry earned about $3.2 million from it.
The verdict ordered Capitol Records to pay $1.2 million in copyright damages to Gray and Perry must pay $550, 000.
However, producers and other collaborators of the song were ordered to pay the balance of the $2.7 award.