Katy Perry Slapped With a $20,000 Court Fee Following $2.79 Million Copyright Infringement Loss

Is Flame (aka Marcus Gray) rubbing it in after beating Katy Perry? (photo: KG2016, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Is Flame (aka Marcus Gray) rubbing it in after beating Katy Perry? (photo: KG2016, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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Is Flame rubbing it in? (photo: KG2016, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Katy Perry has been in the legal crosshairs for quite some time now, and it seems like the legal battles are far from over. Recently, she has been hit with another jab in the eye as Christian rapper Flame’s attorney is demanding $20,186.19 from Perry and her co-defendants, including Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Sarah Hudson, Capitol Records, Juicy J, Kasz Money, Kobalt Music Publishing, and Warner Bros. Music Corp., for various court costs.

The legal tussle started back in October when Katy Perry, rapper Juicy J, and a number of collaborators were slapped with a massive, $2.789 million fine after being found guilty of copyright infringement on the smash hit, “Dark Horse.” Christian rapper Flame (aka Marcus Gray) claimed that Perry and her team had copied his song “Joyful Noise,” which was released in 2008.

After the massive fine, Gray and his lawyers started pushing for more penalties, demanding $2.789 million plus interest. Gray argued that “Dark Horse” was released in 2013, and damages were technically first incurred at that time. However, Perry’s legal team fought back and is planning a broader appeal in 2020. But if that appeal fails, the damages could easily surpass $3 (or even $4) million.

The situation has become even more complicated as Flame’s attorney Michael A. Kahn is demanding $20,186.19 in court costs from Perry and her co-defendants. The itemized list of legal administrative fees, which is separate from attorneys’ fees, originally totaled $26,308.19 before getting trimmed down by a few thousand bucks. Among the line-items are ‘Depositions’ ($14,328.61), ‘Certification, Exemplification and Reproduction of Documents’ ($4,472.61), and ‘Fees for Service of Process’ ($797.15).

While the legal battle continues, it seems that both sides will be back in the U.S District Court in Los Angeles on December 27th to discuss contentious next steps surrounding Gray’s post-trial demand for interest costs. The situation has become a joyful holiday season of litigating for all.

The case highlights the importance of copyright laws and the need for artists to be cautious while creating new work. The music industry is a highly competitive one, and all musicians strive to create unique and original music that resonates with their audience. However, in the pursuit of creating something new, musicians often end up copying or borrowing elements from other works, which can lead to legal trouble.

In this case, the court found that Katy Perry and her team had copied elements from Flame’s “Joyful Noise” and used them in “Dark Horse,” which led to the massive fine. While Perry’s legal team is fighting back, the situation has become complicated, and the damages could be much higher than anticipated.

It is essential for artists to understand the copyright laws and the consequences of not following them. In today’s digital age, it is easier than ever to copy and distribute content, which has led to an increase in copyright infringement cases. Musicians should take care to create original work and avoid using copyrighted material without permission to avoid legal trouble.

In conclusion, the legal battle between Katy Perry and Christian rapper Flame is far from over, and it seems that both sides are gearing up for further litigation. The case highlights the importance of copyright laws and the need for artists to be careful while creating new work. While the legal battle continues, it is essential for musicians to understand the copyright laws and avoid using copyrighted material without permission to avoid legal trouble.

More as this develops.