Gospel Rappers: Katy Perry Stole Our Song, Tarnished Its Message with Witchcraft

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Marcus Gray, a.k.a. Flame
"The plaintiffs do not claim that Ms. Perry and others took a sample of their recording of 'Joyful Noise,'" says Kahn. "Instead, it is a music-composition case where the plaintiffs claim that the defendants have made a copy -- or, technically, a 'derivative work' -- based on the music composition of their song."

It will likely take expert testimony to guide the jury through such nuances. That is, if the matter ever gets to trial.

Kahn, a St. Louis copyright attorney, made national news a few years ago when he sued to stop the release of the film Hangover 2 after a Missouri tattoo artist claimed that the movie's producers, Warner Bros., used his copyrighted Mike Tyson tattoo without permission. That case settled out of court.

Prior to becoming a pop diva, Perry was a gospel singer performing under her given name, Katy Hudson. Her camp has yet to respond to the allegations brought in the suit.

In the meantime, the lawsuit further contends that Flame and the other Christian hip-hop musicians who created "Joyful Noise" continue to be irreparably harmed by "Dark Noise," and particularly its video that cartoonishly plays on Egyptian mythology. (Or, according to the lawsuit, "anti-Christian witchcraft.")

So offensive is the video, according to the lawsuit, that some 60,000 people have signed an online petition demanding its removal.

View a full copy of the lawsuit below.

H/T Post-Dispatch

Editor's note: This article originally misstated the name of attorney Michael Kahn and contained erroneous information about a prior lawsuit he was involved in.

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