Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Katy Perry must pay compensation in the millions

A Los Angeles court awarded 2.7 million dollars as compensation to rapper Marcus Gray a.k.a. Flame because Katy Perry used an element from his 2008 "Joyful Noise" in her 2013 song "Dark Horse". The record company is said to have earned 31 million dollars, and Katy Perry 3.2 million dollars from the number 1 hit. The record company now has to pay 1.2 million dollars, Katy Perry 0.55 million dollars, the rest has to be provided by other partners.

In the legal dispute that has lasted since 2014, the jury came to the conclusion that the copied beat is an independent work, whereas Perry's lawyer had denied that the beat had the necessary level of creativity. Perry had denied having known the song. (Source [German])

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