Gerald Sauer’s Law360 article on flawed process in music copyright suits

Judicial Process For Music Copyright Must Be Reined In

by Gerald Sauer

Popular singers and their songwriting teams are walking around with targets on their backs. Last month, in Gray v. Perry, a Los Angeles federal jury awarded $2.8 million to Christian rapper Marcus Gray after finding that Katy Perry and her “Dark Horse” songwriting team infringed his song “Joyful Noise.” In doing so, it continued a copyright trajectory that includes theU.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s 2018 “Blurred Lines” decision,Williams v. Gaye, affirming a $5 million infringement judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in favor of heirs to Marvin Gaye.

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