Judge opposes jury verdict on song Dark Horse previously released in favor of rapper Marcus Gray
Katy Perry won a $ 2.8 million (£ 2.3 million) copyright lawsuit.
In July 2014, Perry was accused of plagiarizing Christian rapper Marcus Gray’s song Joyful Noise (AKA Flame) for his American hit Dark Horse, the second best-selling song in the world that year. The songwriters sued and Perry and his band defended themselves, saying they had never heard Joyful Noise’s voice.
In July 2019, the jury sided with Gray, so Perry was awarded damages along with five defendants, including producer Max Martin and rapper Juicy J, and Perry himself owed $ 550,000.
The appeal quashed the decision and Judge Christina Snyder overturned the jury’s verdict. He said it was “indisputable” that this eight-note section of Dark Horse was not a “particularly unique or rare combination” of notes.
In the first trial, Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera argued that Gray and his team “tried to get the main building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone.”
Gray intends to appeal the decision on the appeal.