World-renowned pop singer Katy Perry was recently dealt a crushing blow when a jury found that her song “Dark Horse” had copied the work of gospel rapper Marcus Gray. The infringed song, “Joyful Noise,” was said to have an identical beat to “Dark Horse” in terms of length, rhythm, and pitch.
Several points were made in defense of Perry and her co-writers:
- Perry’s attorneys argued that “each of the purported similarities between the works are commonplace.”
- Music experts offered two compositions with a similar melody that predate “Joyful Noise.”
- Perry and her colleagues testified that they had never heard of the song or its creator…