Video Case Alert: Gray v. Hudson

Enjoy watching partner Kenneth Trujillo-Jamison’s two-minute video on a precedential opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Katy Perry’s copyright dispute related to her 2013 hit song “Dark Horse.”

In Gray v. Hudson, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s post-trial order vacating a $2.8 million jury verdict awarded to Mr. Gray, holding that the eight-note patterns in both songs in question consisted of “entirely commonplace musical elements” and were not protectable under copyright law.

In recent years, several lawsuits have been filed claiming that popular songs infringe other artists’ copyrighted works. Kenneth will continue to monitor these trends and will report on the key developments in these cases.

Click here to watch the video.

up next...

Trial Is Not a Crisis but an Opportunity for Success – Episode 5: A Trial Is Like a Movie, Part 4

May 3, 2022