Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's Dippy Duet Wasn't Found Plagiarized

TMZ falsely reported that singer Ally Burnett would receive $804,156 for 2012's "Good Time"

Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's Adam Young, who are markedly different heights Photo by Getty Images
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

You can have a soft spot for Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and still recognize that it seems way older than a couple of years ago. Like, say, Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn," it was suddenly everywhere, and then it wasn't, and it wasn't made for follow-ups. Can you imagine Lorde throwing a wish in a well? Our out-of-nowhere pop successes are from people who are supposed to be lifers now.

Except Jepsen actually did have another hit, the Kidz Bop readymade "Good Time," from children's book ruiner Owl City's 2012 album The Midsummer Station. It didn't help her chances for longevity. Most recently, TMZ falsely reported that singer and songwriter Ally Burnett will receive $804,156 for her claim that "Good Time" copied her "Ah, It's a Love Song." But representatives for Owl City's Adam Young explain that the money wasn't for Burnett at all.

What actually happened? Burnett has effectively given up on her claim for royalties from other defendants, not Young or Jepsen. BMI, which administers those royalties, can now pay the $800k back to the other copyright holders.

A lawyer for Young, in an emailed statement, said, "Adam continues to defend the plaintiff's claim and we are confident that the Court will ultimately rule in his favor and dismiss the claim."

Compare the tracks in question below — and call your lawyer, maybe? Especially if you're a member of the Postal Service, but then, the great Owl City vs. Postal Service debate of 2011 feels way older than it actually is, too.

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  • 4 The Drums — Magic Mountain " 04:05
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