Earlier this week, a California judge found Katy Perry, Dr. Luke, and co-writers of the 2013 song Dark Horse to be guilty of ripping off another song. A Christian rapper named Flame sued Katy and the rest of her Dark Horse collaborators for ripping off his 2008 song, Joyful Noise. It’s appropriate the song Katy copied is called Joyful Noise. Because that’s probably the sound that Flame made when he learned that he was getting a check for almost $3 million in damages.
According to the Associated Press, Flame’s attorneys were hoping he would be awarded a big payday by arguing that Dark Horse earned about $41 million. Capitol Records made the most money off Dark Horse, with $31 million. But after costs associated with production and promotion, Capitol ended up really only making $630,000. Katy herself made $3.2 million, but she also had $800,000 in costs associated with the song. So technically she made $2.4 off of Dark Horse. Dark Horse? More like a Cash Cow, am I right? I should owe someone millions in damages for that joke.
Us Weekly says that a nine-member jury decided yesterday that Flame deserves $2.78 million for his troubles. There are many co-writers listed on Dark Horse. Katy wrote the song with Dr. Luke, Juicy J (who appears on the track), Sarah Hudson, Max Martin, and Henry Walter. But it won’t be a six-way split situation. Katy herself must pay Flame $550,000 of her own money, while Capitol will pay most of the rest.
$550,000 is practically nothing to Katy Perry. But from God’s point of view, Katy should probably add a little penance to those pennies. First she’s fighting with old (and some dead) Catholic nuns over a convent, then she’s getting caught plagiarizing from a gospel rapper? I’m not saying God gets off on being vengeful, but if Katy wants to keep her future locusts and pestilence-free, she might want to cut Flame that check and add a couple extra bucks for his troubles.