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Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City accused of song theft

By | Published on Wednesday 31 October 2012

Carly Rae Jepson

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young are both being sued by an Alabama-based singer/songwriter called Ally Burnett who claims that their joint single ‘Good Time’, released earlier this year, nicked a bit of her 2010 song ‘Ah, It’s A Love Song’.

Burnett’s lawsuit says that ‘Good Time’ copies the “unique vocal motif” and hook of her song, which appeared on her album ‘The Takeover’. As well as claiming copyright infringement, the lawsuit also claims that Burnett has suffered reputation, emotional and psychological damage because fans may believe she ripped off Jepson and Young, even though her song is older, because ‘Good Time’ was a big hit.

Jepsen isn’t actually listed as a songwriter on ‘Good Time’, but is seemingly still listed as a defendant on the lawsuit, as are the song’s other two co-writers Brian Lee and Matt Thiessen, plus Universal Music, Songs Music Publishing, Schoolboy Records and collecting societies ASCAP, SESAC and BMI. None of the defendants have, as yet, commented.

Ah, It’s A Love Song:

Good Time: