Katy Perry Wants To Keep Her Millions After Being Found Guilty Of Ripping Off Gospel Rap Song For "Dark Horse"

AllHipHop Staff

Katy Perry's lawyers have filed an appeal after she was ordered to pay over $2 million to a rapper who said she ruined his gospel song to make "Dark Horse."

(AllHipHop News) Katy Perry is officially appealing the verdict of her "Dark Horse" plagiarism case.

The pop star and her collaborators, including songwriters Dr. Luke and Max Martin, were found guilty of swiping segments from Marcus Gray’s Christian rap song "Joyful Noise" featuring Lecrae, back in July.

They were ordered to pay $2.78 million to the rapper, but Perry insists she shouldn’t have to pay up.

Her lawyers have filed for an appeal, claiming “the plaintiffs lack a copyright registration for the beat in question itself,” and that Gray couldn’t prove that their client had access to "Joyful Noise" before writing the pop song.

“Plaintiffs did not present any direct evidence of access or circumstantial evidence of a chain of events linking ‘Joyful Noise’ to the relevant authors of Dark Horse,” the appeal reads. “Nor did Plaintiffs present sufficient evidence of widespread dissemination of Joyful Noise that would give rise to a reasonable opportunity to hear Joyful Noise.”

The lawyers also claim one of the plaintiffs’ trial witnesses, musicologist Dr. Todd Tecker, “gave improper and highly prejudicial testimony,” and urged Judge Christina A. Snyder to throw out the jury’s verdict, order a new trial, and/or reduce the damages awarded to Gray.

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That beat with that distinctive sound is not new!!!!! This was way before any artist used it..... I heard it in the late 80s and early 90s. My radio station from back home used the Sixteeth note rhythm and exact same sound on their "Midnight Love Hour" broadcast. Joyful Noise stole it!


rich people never want to have consequences...your guilty...you don't get to keep the money...it said they are appealing to reduce the amount...lets make it an amount that they like...wtf


I just want to say that this is a misleading title... This lawsuit and the fact that Gray won against Perry and her cowriters is widely regarded as unjustified in the music/songwriting community. Adam Neely made a very good video on YouTube explaining why this case really has no merit, and Perry should have won. It's not that she wants to keep her millions (although to be honest she definitely still does) but it's that she honestly did not infringe this song's copyright. Also, this track was not commercially successful, she and her cowriters likely never heard it before this lawsuit.