[ti:Katy Perry’s 'Dark Horse' Copied Christian Rap Song]
[00:00.01]A jury in Los Angeles found that Katy Perry's 2013 popular song "Dark Horse" had copied a 2009 Christian rap song by a little-known artist.
[00:16.90]The decision came five years after Marcus Gray and two songwriters first brought legal action against Perry and her team.
[00:28.90]They said that "Dark Horse" stole from "Joyful Noise," a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.
[00:39.33]"Dark Horse" spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination for Perry.
[00:49.24]She also performed the song during her 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.
[00:56.93]The jurors found that all of the defendants - six songwriters and four companies that released the song "Dark Horse" – were responsible for breaking copyright rules.
[01:11.54]A defendant is the person or company that is being accused of wrongdoing in court.
[01:19.48]Gray's lawyers argued that the beat and instrumental line, or musical patterns, in "Dark Horse" were similar to that of "Joyful Noise."
[01:32.55]Gray wrote the song with Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu.
[01:39.49]Perry's musical expert told the jury that the musical patterns in the dispute were as simple as the 19th-century song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
[02:02.29]The song is commonly sung to get children to sleep.
[02:06.75]Her lawyers compared the patterns to "the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone."
[02:15.62]They argued if they were to be copyrighted, it would hurt music and all songwriters.
[02:31.04]The jury of six women and three men disagreed.
[02:35.29]They thought that the beat and instrument line at the center of "Joyful Noise" were original enough to be copyrighted.
[02:45.37]Perry and her team of songwriters also said that none of them had heard Gray's song or even heard of him before the lawsuit.
[02:56.84]They also said they did not listen to Christian music.
[03:01.83]However, Gray's lawyers showed that Perry and her songwriters could have heard the song.
[03:10.26]"Joyful Noise" has millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify and was included on an album that was nominated for a Grammy award.
[03:22.06]Gray's team also pointed out that Perry started her career singing Christian music.
[03:30.42]The jury will now have to decide how much money Katy Perry and other defendants owe Marcus Gray and his team for violating copyright rules.
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