With their duet "Good Time," Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City have a hit on their hands.
And now they have a lawsuit, too.
Jepsen, Owl City (a.k.a. Adam Young) and their publishing companies have been sued by an Alabama singer and songwriter who claims that "Good Time" is so similar to her 2010 single "Ah, It's a Love Song" that it amounts to copyright infringement.
The lawsuit gets quite technical, pointing out alleged similarities between the songs with respect to rhythmic construction, timbre, melodic contour and pitch sequence. It is not alleged that the songs are lyrically similar, and since they are in different keys, parts of them sound different.
"Ah, It's a Love Song" was licensed to MTV for use in promoting its programming, but it never was quite the success that "Good Time" has been. "Good Time" has been used as the theme music for previews for the children's movie "Hotel Transylvania" and in promotions for "Parks and Recreation" and the 2012 London Olympics. It has also done quite well as a single, selling many digital downloads.
Jepsen and Young have not commented on the suit.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City's Adam Young Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Good Time,'" Eriq Gardner, Oct. 30, 2012