Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young teamed up for their obnoxiously catchy hit “Good Time.” Like their respective previous works, “Good Time” has a way of lodging in your mind and replaying all day long. The catchy beats make the song memorable, which in turn makes the duo profitable.
Unfortunately, the memorable beat drummed up a familiar tune. Allyson Nichole Burnett , an Alabama-based singer and songwriter, has filed a lawsuit in California’s federal court for copyright infringement. Burnett claims that “Good Time” copies a prominent section of her 2010 song “Ah, It’s a Love Song”.
The song is from Burnett’s album The Takeover, and has been licensed for use in MTV’s The Hills and Friendzone. Burnett claims that the hook in her song is a “unique vocal motif” with a “catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in the people’s heads.” Along with the artists, Burnett is suing Universal Music Group, Songs Music Publishing, and Schoolboy Records.
Burnett’s major concern is 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 is also claiming emotional and psychological damage from fans already accusing her of such.
Burnett may not be too far off in her claims, though. The Internet is already flooded with comparisons of the songs. YouTube offers several videos with the controversial hook from both songs so listeners can make the call, but so far, the only difference is the key; Jepsen’s and Young’s song is in the key of E flat while Burnett’s is in the F key.