Katy Perry to pay Christian rapper $2.8 million after losing court case
Matthias Browning

Matthias Browning

Katy Perry and her music label have been forced to pay a Christian rapper $2.8 million after losing an ongoing court case.

Marcus Gray, who goes by the name of Flame, sued Perry and her label for copyright infringement with her 2014 hit, ‘Dark Horse.’ The hit was also performed at the Super Bowl and has been one of Perry’s most popular songs.

AP reports that Perry will pay Gray $550,000, with Capital Records, Perry’s label, paying the balance.  

Flame, whose real name is Marcus Gray, along with his co-writers, sued Perry, her producer and songwriters.

Gray filed his lawsuit back in 2014 over the song, which became one of Perry’s biggest hits.

Her lawyer defended her, stating that “trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone”.

The case is a concern for musicians around the world because of fears that songwriters may suffer writer’s block from nervousness that even a basic musical motif might be found by a jury to belong to someone else.

Gray originally sought $20 million in the case that has lasted five years.

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