It’s pretty fair to assume Katy Perry rode her 2014 chart-topping hit, ‘Dark Horse,’ straight to the bank thanks to its Diamond RIAA certification and ranking #2 on the year’s ‘Billboard Year End’ charts.
That’s great news for Perry, because earlier this week a Los Angeles judge ordered the Pop diva and her team to return to that very same bank to retrieve nearly $3 million for copyright infringement.
Just three days after a federal jury found Perry and her team (Capitol Records, Dr. Luke, etc.) guilty of ‘blatantly plagiarizing’ the work of Christian acts Flame (Marcus Gray), Chike Ojukwu, Lecrae Moore, and Emanuel Lambert (as we reported here), a judge has ordered a payment of $2.78 million.
The damages, decided during a hearing on Thursday (August 1), will reportedly see Perry responsible for $550,000 of that sum and Capitol Records will pay the rest. And, while the nearly $3 million win comes as a far cry from the $20 million Gray was requesting, reports have it Perry’s lawyers intend to dispute and later appeal the judgment.
If successful, the move could see the Christian rappers walk away with even less.