Katy Perry Entangled in Legal Battle: Music Copyright Dispute Leads to Intense Compensation Clash

The Federal Court of Los Angeles, California, USA delivered its verdict on July 29 regarding the lawsuit filed by Flame against Katy Perry and others in 2014. Flame claimed that half of the music in Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse” was similar to his own song “Joyful Noise.”

“Dark Horse” was a popular song from Katy Perry’s album “Prism” released in 2013. The song was a hit, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks and receiving a Grammy nomination. Upon filing the lawsuit, Katy Perry’s team denied the allegations of plagiarism.

Katy Perry involved in plagiarism lawsuit

During the recent court case, Katy Perry and her collaborator Dr. Luke both insisted that they were not familiar with the song “Joyful Noise”. The music for “Dark Horse” was created by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The opposition, Flame’s team, suggested that the defendants may have been exposed to the song at events like the Grammy Awards or on platforms such as YouTube or Myspace.

Katy Perry made efforts to present numerous pieces of evidence to demonstrate that she did not infringe on any copyrights. Expert witnesses were also called to testify on their behalf.

Flame (left) served legal papers to Katy Perry and her team, as well as other parties involved. The court case had its challenging moments when Katy Perry bravely offered to perform the disputed song live in court, despite technical difficulties with the sound system. As Dr. Luke arrived for the hearing, a shooting incident occurred just outside the courthouse.

In the end, the judge determined that Katy Perry had infringed on copyright laws and proceeded to the next phase of calculating penalties and compensation costs for the defendant. Katy Perry now faces potential millions of dollars in compensation to be paid to Flame.

Flame, a well-known American rapper, is known for his song “Joyful Noise” from the album “Our World: Redeemed,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.

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