A jury found Katy Perry guilty of copying a Christian rap song by Marcus Gray, best known in the art world as Flame.
As found by the jury, Perry took the background melody of the song Joyful Noise from Flame of 2008 and used it on his Dark Horse theme of 2013. Let’s listen to two fragments of both songs to compare:
There are some differences between the melodies, for example, Katy Perry’s is slower and is half a tone above, but the structure is very similar.
Katy Perry’s collaborators and co-writers were also found responsible. Among them we can find rapper Juicy J, Cirkut, Max Martin, Sarah Hudson and Lukasz.
Katy Perry was a Christian singer but she claims never to have heard Christian music. Still, the jury determined that “Joyful Noise” was distributed enough for the authors of “Dark Horse” to have heard it. At the time of writing this note, there are two Joyful Noise videos that add up to almost seven million views between them.
Marcus Gray (Flame) and two of his co-authors, Emmanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu, sued Katy Perry for the first time in 2014. The jury has yet to decide how much money Katy Perry and her collaborators will have to pay.
Do you think the authors of Katy Perry intentionally copied or only had influenced by Flame’s melodies? Leave us a comment.