Judge Overturns Verdict That Ruled Katy Perry Stole Music From Christian Rapper Marcus Gray

Katy Perry has cause to make a joyful noise in the intervening time. A choose has overturned a jury’s verdict that discovered the singer stole music from a Christian rap artist.

U.S District Judge Christina Snyder overturned the decision earlier this week, citing that the disputed sections of Perry’s “Dark Horse” and Marcus Gray’s “Joyful Noise” weren’t distinctive sufficient to be protected by copyright.

Snyder wrote:

“It is undisputed in this case, even viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to plaintiffs, that the signature elements of the eight-note ostinato in ‘Joyful Noise’ is not a particularly unique or rare combination.”

In August, a jury awarded Gray—whose stage identify is Flame—and his co-writers $2.78 million. The jury additionally discovered that Gray was entitled to 22.5 % of the “Dark Horse” earnings.

Perry and her co-writers, which embody Dr. Luke and Max Martin, would all contribute to the quantity. Perry was ordered to personally pay $550,000.

“When the jurors returned a unanimous verdict of infringement, I cautioned my clients that we had only finished Round 11 of a 15-round match and that the next round would take place in the court of appeals,” Gray’s legal professional mentioned in an announcement after Snyder overturned the decision.

“We believe the jury was right and will do our best to restore their verdict on appeal.”

Gray’s “Joyful Noise” was launched in 2009. Perry and her co-writers testified in courtroom that they’d by no means heard of the music when “Dark Horse” was launched in 2013 and spent 4 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Gray first sued Perry in 2014 and was looking for $20 million.

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