TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Aug 2, 2019

Katy Perry, her collaborators and record label must pay more than $2.78 million because the pop star's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" copied a Christian rap song, a jury decided earlier this month. The Associated Press article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press said much of the debate was over how much money little-known rapper Marcus Gray should receive in damages. Because the rhythmic instrumental riff from Gray’s "Joyful Noise" plays through 45% of "Dark Horse," his attorneys sought 45% of the entire earnings of Perry's album "Prism," on which the "Dark Horse" song appears. 

For additional insight into this decision, read this recent IP Watchdog article which presents three structural problems with current music copyright law and presents one potential solution.