Katy Perry Loses “Dark Horse” Copyright Trial

A verdict has been reached in Katy Perry‘s copyright infringement lawsuit — and the results are not in her favor.

A nine-member jury in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday found that Perry and her songwriting team improperly copied Christian rapper Flame’s (a.k.a. Marcus Gray) 2008 song “Joyful Noise” in her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” without Gray’s permission, the Associated Press reports.

As the verdict was read, Perry, 34, was reportedly not present in the courtroom.

The case now moves to a penalty phase, where the jury will determine how much Perry and her team, including the song’s co-creators Dr. Luke and Cirkut, will owe for the copyright infringement, according to the outlet.

The trial that began earlier this month helped settle a dispute over whether the underlying beat and instrumental line from Flame’s song were also used in Perry’s Grammy-nominated hit.

 
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