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January 31st, 2014
It was reported today that Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City will have to fork over $800,000 for copyright infringement — a.k.a. totally ripping off someone else’s song. Singer Ally Burnett sued the artists and their label in 2012 after claiming that their hit collaboration Good Time stole from her song Ah, It’s A Love Song.
Check out the two songs below and make the call yourself:
Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Good Time
Ally Burnett’s Ah, It’s A Love Song
Obviously, this isn’t the first time artists have been accused of borrowing/taking/maliciously stealing another artist’s song, be it a riff, a song lyric or a melody. Here are a few other recent cases that will definitely have you feeling like you’ve listened to the same song twice… (None of these have resulted in lawsuits, though.)
Katy Perry vs. Sara Bareilles
When Katy Perry returned last year with her comeback hit Roar, many immediately noticed a similarity in melodies between Perry’s single and Sara Bareilles’ Brave, which was released earlier that year. Perry even tweeted about her love of Brave prior to the release of Roar so Perry fans were in an uproar when Bareilles fans began attacking the pop star. Even though some believe in a rivalry between the two now, Bareilles maintains that the two are close friends and have been for a very long time. “If I’m not mad I don’t know why anybody else is upset,” she tells ABC News.
Franz Ferdinand vs. Paloma Faith/Pharrell
Earlier today, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos tweeted a pretty passive aggressive to Pharrell, who wrote, produced and is featured on British singer Paloma Faith’s new single Can’t Rely On You. “Hey @Pharrell – I love your tunes,” he wrote. “If you want to borrow a riff, just ask…” The riff in question is the famous debut single of his band’s, Franz Ferdinand’s 2004 hit Take Me Out. Although entirely different songs, that riff is eerily similar…
One Direction vs. Def Leppard
Even we couldn’t help making this comparison, but upon hearing the title track on One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories, we thought of Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar On Me right away. Of course, we’re not the only ones who spotted that similarity, music fans have called the boy band out on this since the album came out in November of last year.
Here’s a #FlashbackFriday: Jet vs. Iggy Pop
When Australian band Jet came out with their one and only hit in 2003, the well-known Are You Gonna Be My Girl (it was used in one of the original iPod commercials), the band immediately got compared to punk legend Iggy Pop’s 1977 song Lust For Life. The band denied this, citing a more Motown influence rather than ’70s punk. We’re not so sure about that…check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.