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Carly Rae Jepsen sued for allegedly copying another singer



Adam Bettcher

The bad news for Carly Rae Jepsen is that someone is suing her. But on the bright side, the plaintiff thinks that one of Jepsen's songs has a "unique vocal motif," "melodic contour," "rhythmic construction," and something called an "identical pitch sequence." That counts as a good review, right?

Allyson Nichole Burnett, an Alabama-based singer/songwriter, alleges that her 2010 song "Ah, It's a Love Song," was ripped off in the song "Good Time," a new, collaborative hit single between Owl City and Jepsen. Burnett has also sued Owl City, claiming that when people here her song, they now think that she's copying the Jepson/Owl City tune, reported. Particularly odd is that Burnett points out in the lawsuit that both tunes also share "a catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in people's heads," according to By that logic, it seems that millions of bad pop singers should have grounds to start suing each other. 

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But while song theft lawsuits are indeed on the rise, this one is authored by powerful lawyer Neville Johnson, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and is filled with details about musicology.

In her lawsuit, Burnett states that "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," Contact Music reported. She says that her reputation has been damaged as a result of such incorrect assumptions, and is also suing Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing and Schoolboy Records.