Throughout her career, Katy Perry has sung of love found and love lost. But most of all, she has sung about standing strong when the odds are stacked against you.
But a recent court ruling might just have Perry coming out on the losing side for the first time in a long time.
According to various news reports, a federal jury unanimously decided on Monday (July 29) that Perry’s 2013 hit song “Dark Horse” stole from a Christian rap song titled “Joyful Noise.” The ruling was filed as part of a 2014 suit brought to the attention of the courts by a man named Marcus Gray, who recorded the song under his stage name Flame.
And while Perry and her co-writers have long maintained their innocence in the manner, the recent ruling looks to possibly be the final straw in the disagreement.
“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said in court according to AP news. On Tuesday (July 30,) the penalty phase will begin to determine how much Perry, Capitol Records and Perry’s producers— Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut—might have to pay for copyright infringement.
While Perry wasn’t on hand to hear the verdict on Monday (July 29,) the American Idol judge had been in the courtroom during the proceedings and testified that she had never heard of Gray’s song or ever listened to Christian music.
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That statement just might come back to bite her though, as Perry has long spoken about her Christian upbringing.
Listen to “Joyful Noise” and “Dark Horse” below.