Katy Perry, her record label and her collaborators have been ordered to pay R40.7 million after a jury ruled her hit "Dark Horse" copied Flame's Christian rap song "Joyful Noise".
The 34-year-old singer has been ordered to fork out R8 million and her label Capitol Records owe nearly R19 million after a federal jury in Los Angeles found parts of Katy's tune - which was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks in 2014 - resembled Flame's 2008 song 'Joyful Noise'.
Katy's five collaborators will also have to pay out, including producers Max Martin, who has to stump up R3.7 million, and Dr Luke's company Kasz Money Inc owes R2.7 million, while he is ordered to pay R893 655 personally.
Lawyers for Flame - whose real name is Marcus Gray - had sought nearly R293 million for him and his two co-writers, but were "quite pleased" with the outcome.
Flame's lawyer Michael A Kahn said in a statement: "Our clients filed this lawsuit five years ago seeking justice and fair compensation for the unauthorised taking of their valuable creation.