Hollywood Reporter informs that singer Carly Rae Jepsen got sued by an Alabama songwriter over the motif of the song “Good Times”. Allyson Nichole Burnett claims Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young used her song “Ah, It’s a Love Song” as an inspiration for their pop hit.
A songwriter from Alabama, Allyson Nichole Burnett, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a California federal court against Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City’s Adam Young and other publishing companies. Based on the declarations made in the papers, Burnett accuses the named stars of illicitly using the motif of her song “Ah, It’s a Love Song” for the creation of their recent hit “Good Times”.
“Good Times” was released last June and has immediately become a successful single. It went straight to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was often played during NBC’s broadcast of the Summer Olympics this year. Moreover, the motif became largely known after being included in shows like “90210”, “Parks and Recreation”, “The Office”, as well as the trailer of Adam Sandler’s movie “Hotel Transylvania”.
Since Carly’s song was heard more often than Allyson’s hit, the latter was often accused of copying Jepsen’s tune. The Alabama songwriter asks compensation claiming she was “significantly damaged by such incorrect assumptions”. According to the Southern artist, this copyright infringement case is more important than other similar episodes because her song contains a “unique vocal motif” and a catchy tune that “sticks in people’s heads”. Allyson can easily prove that she is the real creator of the 2010 hit because the track was included in her album “The Takeover” and was licensed to many MTV shows, such as, “Friendzone” and “The Hills”.
Carly Rae Jepsen, Adam Young, Matt Thiessen and Brian Lee are not the only artists who have been hit with the lawsuit. Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing and Schoolboy Records have also been accused of copyright infringement.