Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, Flame. Sorry I’m getting lazy with the Katy Perry and Dr. Luke images. I can just pull them up every other week when they appear on the site.
March 18, 2020 UPDATE:
(LOS ANGELES) — A federal judge in Los Angeles handed a major victory to Katy Perry on Tuesday, overturning a jury’s verdict that found the pop superstar and her collaborators copied her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” from a 2009 Christian rap song.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said in her decision that the disputed section of the rap song, “Joyful Noise” by rapper Marcus Gray was not distinctive enough to be protected by copyright as the jury found. – Read more at Time.com
August 5, 2019 UPDATE:
A federal jury in Los Angeles on Thursday decided that Katy Perry and others must pay $2.8 million in damages in a copyright dispute over her 2013 song “Dark Horse.”
According to the verdict, Ms. Perry must pay $550,000, while her label, Capitol Records, owes nearly $1.3 million. Ms. Perry’s five collaborators in writing the song were also ordered to pay, including the star producers Max Martin, who owes $253,000, and Dr. Luke, who owes $61,000 personally, while his company, Kasz Money Inc., owes $189,000. – Read more at NY Times
July 30, 2019 UPDATE:
The verdict is in.
A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song in a unanimous decision that represented a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist.
The verdict by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors, first sued in 2014 alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame. – AP
July 25, 2019 UPDATE:
Dr. Luke recently testified at the trial. Here are some bits via Digital Music News:
The famed producer told the court that he’d never heard of Christian rappers Gray (who goes under the name ‘Flame’), Emanuel Lambert (‘D.A. Truth’), nor Ojukwu.
Stating that he takes his work seriously as a producer, Dr. Luke testified,
“We’re trying to make what we do as great as possible.”
He added that ‘Dark Horse’ first started as an instrumental beat created by fellow songwriter and producer, Henry Walter (known as Cirkut). The eight-note melodic started off with four catchy C notes and two B notes. These, said Dr. Luke, serve as the building blocks of music.
“It’d be like trying to write a book without using words like ‘the,’ ‘and’ or ‘a.’”
Gottwald testified that he felt absolutely shocked when finding out about the ‘Dark Horse’ lawsuit.
“We take this seriously and write original music.”
Testifying about the song’s originality, Walter took the stand and told the jury,
“I consider myself to be an honest person. To be accused of plagiarism — it’s a serious matter. I was hurt by it.“
Read more at DigitalMusicNews.com
July 22, 2019 UPDATE:
Looks like this court case has begun.
“Wearing a sharp, key lime green suit on the witness stand in a Los Angeles courtroom, Perry – who created Christian pop music as a teenager – told jurors she plays a direct, intimate role in creating songs and music videos.”
“But Christian hip-hop artist Marcus Gray, who performs as Flame, said in his 2015 lawsuit that Perry copied the beat from his song “Joyful Noise” without permission and tarnished the piece by adding images of witchcraft and paganism in the music video for “Dark Horse.”
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Looks like Katy Perry and Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian “Luke” Gottwald) are at it again. According to Rapzilla.com on July 1, 2014 Christian rapper Flame and others filed a lawsuit against Perry, Capitol Records, and Perry’s co-writers for infringing copyright on the song “Joyful Noise”. One of the co-writers here is Dr. Luke who has made many appearances on this site.
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