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Katy Perry to Fork Over $550K for 'Dark Horse' Damages

By Daniel Goldblatt

Katy Perry will only have to pay $550,000 in damages over her song, "Dark Horse."

Marcus Gray, the Christian rapper known as Flame, won a total of $2.7 million, a judge ruled on Thursday. Capitol Records will pay the biggest portion of the damages, $1.2 million, with the rest being paid by the other producers and songwriters in the case.

The jury ultimately decided that 22.5% of the total profits earned by "Dark Horse" can be attributed to the musical passage stolen from Flame's earlier song, "Joyful Noise."

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On Tuesday, attorneys for the plaintiff revealed the song earned nearly $41 million but Perry only made $3.2 million from “Dark Horse,” but incurred $800,000 in costs.

Attorneys for Capitol Records say the label earned $31 million from the song but claims they only earned $630,000 in profits after their costs.

Earlier this week, Katy Perry came up on the losing end of her jury trial after a verdict was handed down that ruled the singer's 2013 hit song "Dark Horse" copied a 2009 Christian rap song.

The nine-member federal jury returned a unanimous verdict.

Perry testified during the seven-day trial, as did Dr. Luke, who produced the song. They both told the jury that neither of them had heard the song before the lawsuit was filed.

“Dark Horse” spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and earned Perry a Grammy nomination in 2014 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Perry, producer Dr. Luke and rapper Juicy J were sued back in 2014 by Christian rappers Marcus Gray (aka Flame) and Chike Ojukwu.

They were accused of ripping off the gospel group's 2008 song "Joyful Noise" for Perry’s 2013 hit, "Dark Horse." They claimed they never gave permission or were paid and sued seeking unspecified damages.

The gospel group even claimed their reputations in the religious community were ruined because Perry's song included talk of witchcraft and black magic.

They said Perry was responsible for "creating a false association between the music of Joyful Noise and the anti-Christian witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by Defendants’ Song, especially in the music video version."

Perry, Juicy J, and Luke denied all allegations of wrongdoing. They claimed to have created "Dark Horse” independently and said any similarities were not copyrightable.

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