Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time” is a rip-off of a lesser known track, “AH, It’s A Love Song,” a court has ruled. Singer Ally Burnett claimed in a lawsuit she filed in 2012 that the “Call Me Maybe” hitmaker and Adam Young of Owl City plagiarised her song.
“Good Time” was released in 2012, and peaked at No 1 in Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea, while reaching the Top 5 in Australia, Japan, UK, and U.S.
However, Jepsen, Young, and several publishing companies shouldn’t have attained success with the song, according to Burnett, because it was a rip-off of her own tune, which she released in 2010.
The Alabama-based singer/songwriter declared in the copyright infringement lawsuit she filed in California that Young, Matt Thiessen, and Brian Lee copied a prominent motif of her song to compose “Good Time.”
The complaint stated that “Good Time” contained identical pitch sequence, melodic contour, rhythmic construction, and timbre as Burnett’s “AH, It’s A Love Song.”
“Many consumers may incorrectly assume that Burnett copied her own Original Motif from the Infringing Songwriters due to the widespread popularity and publication of ‘Good Time,’” the lawsuit read. “Burnett’s reputation as an independent artist will be significantly damaged by such incorrect assumptions.”
And as a result of the theft, Burnett has “suffered emotional and psychological damage.”
She proved to be successful in her suit two years later.
As TMZ reported, a judge ruled in Burnett’s favour on Thursday, declaring Jepsen and Young’s “Good Time” a blatant rip-off of “AH, It’s A Love Song.”
The judge ordered BMI, the company that collects royalties for the song, to pay the independent artist $804,156.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City, “Good Time”
Ally Burnett, “AH, It’s A Love Song”