Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City Sued Over “Good Time”


If you’re reading this post and have yet to suffer through the Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s single “Good Time,” consider yourself lucky. Released in August, this one song has single-handedly drilled its way so far into my subconscious that the meer utterance of “whoa-oh” from a passerby sends my whole body into a Top40-induced convulsions that mimic demonic possession.

Anyways, an aspiring songstress named Allyson Nichole Burnett claims the popular song rips off her 2010 single, “Ah, It’s a Love Song.” We’ve listened to the tracks and cannot say we hear the similarities, but perhaps our readers will think differently. You can stream both “Good Times” and “Ah, It’s a Love Song” after the jump.

Those interested in reading through the legal documents of the case can do so on this website, but let me warn you now that it gets rather lengthy. Those seeking a “tl; dr” version can read an excerpt from the files below:

“Defendants’ extensive access to ‘Love Song’ is sufficient to trigger the ‘inverse ration rule,’ whereby a reduced standard of proof of substantial similarity is required when a high degree of access is shown. However, the substantial similarity between the Original Motif and the Copied Motif… is striking under any standard of proof.”

Reps for Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young have not responded to requests for comment.

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  • LMazz

    I kind of see the similarities although I actually can stand her song unlike the other one. However, I kind of think she might just be doing it to get attention out there because it’s not THAT similar.

  • BO

    The “oh ohoh oh oh” parts are exactly the same but its certainly not definitive enough to suggest that it was stolen. The entirety of western music is based on 12 notes…similarities are unavoidable. Most of ‘pop’ music utilizes many of the same chord progressions from song to song…the way its nuanced is what makes it sound different.

  • Lawyerval

    Not similar enough to be successful in a copyright lawsuit, but it might buy her a nice settlement …

  • Cameron P

    The only similarity is four notes which are sung through twice in the beginning and twice in the bridge. The lyrical content is completely different and the timbres completely divergent. She’s just doing this to leech off of the success of Adam and Carly.