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Katy Perry being sued by Christian hip-hop artists for copyright infringement

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Katy Perry has just recently started her own record label and now the pop star will quickly learn the legal side of running a record company. According to a report by the Associated Press Wednesday, Perry and Capitol Records are being sued by a group of Christian hip-hop musicians who claim Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse” is a rip off of their 2008 song.

The lawsuit states that Perry and her co-writers infringed the copyright of the Christian song “Joyful Noise” and has profited through exploitation of the song. By ripping off the song, those named in the lawsuit claims Perry ruined the reputation and true meaning of the song, stating that the original song has been “irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse’.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis based musicians Marcus Gray and Chike Ojukwu along with Lecrae Moore of Atlanta and Emanuel Lambert of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit on Tuesday. It names Perry, Juicy J, producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Sarah Theresa Hudson and record label Capitol Records LLC as the defendants in the case.

The song “Joyful Noise” was written in 2007 and released in 2008. The song didn’t receive as much mainstream notoriety as Perry’s “Dark Horse,” but has received a nomination in 2008 from the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for the best rap/hip-hop song.

“Dark Horse” on the other hand debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually topped the charts in January. The song sold more than 5,025,000 copies in the US and was just one of several hits from Perry’s “Prism” album. Katy Perry and Juicy J have also performed the song at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Perry’s side has yet to release a statement regarding the lawsuit.