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Katy Perry Arrives to Court for Copyright Trial Over 'Dark Horse'

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By Daniel Goldblatt

Katy Perry is in a Los Angeles courtroom today as part of a lawsuit accusing her of ripping off music for her song "Dark Horse."

Perry arrived at court wearing a mint green suit and a pair of killer sunglasses. The singer did not answer questions as she made her way inside.

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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.

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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.

They have demanded the case be dismissed but the judge allowed the case to move forward.

As The Blast first reported, Perry filed documents in the case late last month saying that any discussion during the trial of her “general wealth” has no relevance to the case at hand. She believes the gospel group suing her will only try to bring it up in hopes of biasing the jury to award high damages.

Perry also wanted the judge to prohibit any evidence of the so-called "witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery" evoked by her song, "Dark Horse," which is the subject of the lawsuit.

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