Katy Perry Wins! Federal Judge Overturns ‘Dark Horse’ Copyright Infringement Verdict

Published: Wednesday 18th Mar 2020 by Rashad

Despite losing a $2.78 million lawsuit for copyright infringement last summer (as we reported here), a recent overturning of that judgment now sees Pop star Katy Perry riding her ‘Dark Horse’ for a victory lap.

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“A federal judge in Los Angeles handed a major victory to Katy Perry on Tuesday (March 17), overturning a jury’s verdict that found the pop superstar and her collaborators copied her 2013 hit “Dark Horse” from a 2009 Christian rap song. 

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said in her decision that the disputed section of the rap song, “Joyful Noise” by rapper Marcus Gray was not distinctive enough to be protected by copyright as the jury found.”


The win certainly comes as a sigh of relief for Perry (who was personally responsible for $550,000 of the $2.78 million once granted to the plaintiffs).  Gray’s lawyers have indicated the fight is far from over, however.

“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 attorney Michael A. Kahn said in an email to the Associated Press, referencing the numerous pre-trial rulings in his client’s favor. “We believe the [previous] jury was right and will do our best to restore their verdict on appeal.”

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ March 18, 2020

    I’m so happy for katy
    She deserves a win right now cause she’s been taking L’s since last year.

    • Only Facts March 18, 2020

      Since last year? I think you mean since 2018

      • Clarks0o0ñ March 18, 2020

        Gurl why are u talking to me?
        Do I know u?

        Dont try to kiss up to me,trying to be my friend, I dont like u, ur a rat. Bye.

        Always under my comments talking trash.

        U still haven’t told us why slutmani hasnt seen the inside of the billboard hot 100 since November 2019. Rat

      • Only Facts March 18, 2020

        Trying to be your friend? ? You’re the one on this site nobody likes. You’re having delusions of grandeur. I was correcting your inaccurate statement.

      • Black Ja$mine, The REAL Princess Ja$mine Okurrr. March 18, 2020

        #Only f*** nobody like you either.

      • Jes March 18, 2020

        @Clarks0o0ñ,..you stay dragging that ugly power bottom @Onlyf.@.g ??

    • Clarks0o0ñ March 18, 2020

      Honey ur trying to kiss up to me and I turned u down

      Take the L

      U still haven’t answered the million dollar question
      Where is w******** on the billboard hot 100?

    • bad boy aint 4 LIFE March 18, 2020

      She deserves capitalization on her L’s at the very least but bish still deserves to super lose. I hope those producers appeal to supreme court. FK KATY FKN PERRY

  2. Tito March 18, 2020

    Katy need to pay that money pop Music will bite anything for a hit .

  3. Meme March 18, 2020

    This is extremely unfortunate. These songs sound exactly the same. This is just another example of people with money taking advantage of poor black artist for gain. It quite sad that Katy couldn’t give these struggling artist 500k.

  4. Only Facts March 18, 2020

    At least Katy can continue making money off of Dark Horse because she’s not making any money off of this new music. Chiiiiiiile retire and have your family

  5. Haterz Gon‘ Hate March 18, 2020

    Judge was like: “FOH with wasting my time! This done been draggin on too long and I need to keep my ass HOME – CASE DISMISSED Y’ALL!”


  6. S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. March 22, 2020

    Robbery. Katy is a bandit!

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