Pop singer Katy Perry has emerged victorious in the copyright infringement case over her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.”
In July of last year, a jury decided that Perry and others had plagiarized part of a 2009 Christian rap song by Marcus Gray called “Joyful Noise.”
That decision was overruled Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder, who ruled instead that the brief, eight-note musical phrase which Gray claims Perry stole was not original enough to be protected under copyright law.
“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,” he said. “We believe the jury was right and will do our best to restore their verdict on appeal.”
Perry’s lead attorney Christine Lepera did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, but in a statement to Variety, she called Tuesday’s decision “an important victory for music creators and the music industry.”
The ruling follows a similar victory for Led Zeppelin, after a ruling from an appellate court earlier this month that the iconic band did not plagiarize their song”Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 song “Taurus.”