Carly Rae Jepsen & Owl City Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement On “Good Time”

Oct 31st, 2012 // 4 Comments
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Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City are being sued for allegedly copying the hook in their hit song “Good Time,” according to Billboard. Alabama-based singer-songwriter Allyson Nichole Burnett claims the two acts copied a prominent vocal pattern from her 2010 song “Ah, It’s A Love Song” — basically, the “whoa-oh-oh” hook.

Burnett’s legal team says the “unique vocal motif” is repeated in the song and “has a catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in people’s heads.” If brain-burrowing sequences of ohs are copyright-protected all of a sudden, then no pop artist is safe and CHAOS WILL REIGN. At least, that’s our take. Hear the relevant sections of both songs below, and see if you think Burnett has a case.

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  1. Steven B.

    NO. DAfter listening, my opinion is that this is just another opportunistic and transparent attempt to make money. The signature of both vocal patterns are fundamentally different, the only thing in common is the vowel sound “o” and if verbal intonations are copyrightable, then we are all guilty of infringement every time we speak! Another idiotic suit in an endless procession of the same. Get a life!

  2. ASDFGHJKL

    NO WAY does it sound the same.

  3. miles2monet

    No it is not the same. Ally is much more staccato than Jepson and City whose version is more legato, melodic with a logical turn around feel

  4. Michi

    The first 2 seconds of woa uh oh oh is the same, yes. It’s not a matter of who sung it better the point is the first half of the pattern is the same. If Alicia keys is getting sued for 2 seconds of “girl on fire” by saying “lonely girl” then this is definitely is a copywriter infringement case.

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