Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — The writers of Katy Perry's song “Dark Horse,” who were found by a jury to have infringed on the copyright of Flame's song “Joyful Noise” in a a $2.78 million decision this week, issued a statement today calling the decision a “travesty of justice.”
“The writers of Dark Horse view the verdicts as a travesty of justice,” the statement reads. “There is no infringement. There was no access of substantial similarity. The only thing in common is unprotectable expression — evenly spaced “C and “B” notes — repeated. People including musicologists from all over are expressing their dismay over this.
“We will continue to fight at all appropriate levels to rectify the injustice,” the statement concludes, presumably meaning that, as expected, an appeal is in the offing.
The statement was issued by Perry's attorney, Christine Lapera, on behalf of the writers, who are Perry; producers Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), Cirkut (Henry Walter) and Max Martin (Karl Sandberg); rapper Juicy J (Jordan Houston); and lyricist Sarah Hudson.
The jurors in the copyright case came in with a judgment that Perry should pay the Christian rapper Flame (Marcus Gray) $550,000 after determining that her 2013 hit borrowed from his 2008 … — Jem Aswad/@Variety