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Songwriter sues Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City over 'Good Time'

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An Alabama-based singer/songwriter is suing Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's Adam Young over allegations of copyright infringement.

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Allyson Nichole Burnett has filed documents in California claiming the pair's hit "Good Time" copies the "unique vocal motif" and hook of her 2010 tune "Ah, It's a Love Song," which was featured on her album "The Takeover." 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.'"

She maintains her reputation as an independent artist will be "significantly damaged by such incorrect assumptions." Burnett also claims she has suffered "emotional and psychological damage" from fans asking why she copied the Jepsen-Owl City hit. She is also suing Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing and Schoolboy Records, according to Billboard.com.

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Nov 2, 2012 1:08PM
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I always love the "emotional and psychological damage" claims.  I could see it if you were held hostage and tortured or something to that effect. Or some other criminal physical attack/abuse.   But from having to explain to fans???  You have a screw loose to begin with if something like that has caused you "emotional and psychological damage".
Nov 2, 2012 3:44AM
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HAHAHA. There are not any similarities between the songs. What a joke.


Oct 31, 2012 8:57PM
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Owl City is way cool. I admire him for being autistic and at the Same time making something out of his life. So what if his music doesn't use any instruments? I think his songs have great and fun meanings. His best songs in my opinion are Cave In, Hello Seattle, Deer in the Headlights, and Super Honeymoon. Also, His song with Carly Rae Jepsen is pretty catchy. Besides, I'd rather hear his voice over Bieber's any day! 
Oct 31, 2012 6:06PM
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Owl City sucks, just another cookie cutter band pumping out the same crap every pop band does these days. Seriously, who even cares about the song writer as well? If thats the best she can do, she should get a day job. Whatever happened to people having opinions about music instead of listening to whatever Billboard tells us is 'hot' and 'popular'?  They don't know what they're talking about, Psy has been number 1 on the RAP charts for weeks. I believe the music industry is feeding off young people as a whole these days because they are so easily led, feeding us 22 year old women like Taylor Swift who look and sound like 14 year old girls whining over a school crush.
Oct 31, 2012 4:01PM
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Aren't Carly Rae Jepsen's 15 minutes of fame about 5 minutes overdue to expire?  She's a one-hit wonder, at best.  So, maybe she should take all that money that poured in over the summer, and forget about anyone anyone calling her maybe anytime soon.  It's fall...let's move along to the next big pop thing!!!
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