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K-Pop Crossover (Video): Carly Rae Jepsen Charged With Plagiarism; Kpop Stars IU and Hyuna Recently Faced Copycat Charges

By Tony Sokol | February 01, 2014 09:52 AM EST


K-Pop Crossover: Carly Rae Jepsen was found guilty of plagiarism. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" was found to bear more than a passing resemblance to Allyson Burnett's song "Ah, It's a Love Song". Kpop Star IU faced plagiarism charges last summer for new single "The Red Shoes." Kpop star Hyuna also raised eyebrows for similarities between the Trouble Maker video "Now" and Rihanna's video for "We Found Love.

Singer Allyson Burnett brought a plagiarism lawsuit against Carly Rae Jepsen about two years ago. TMZ is reporting that Jepsen was found guilty of copycat behavior. Carly Rae's record company was ordered to pay at least $800,000 to singwriter Allyson Burnett. IU's "The Red Shoes" is being compared to Nekta's 2009 hit "Here's Us." Kpop singer IU's "The Red Shoes" was written by Lee Min Soo and Kim Ee Na.

The suit by Allyson claimed that Carly Rae Jepsen and the musicians working at Owl City blatantly imitated her song "Ah, It's a Love Song" for the Jepsen song "Good Time."  Burnett argued that "Good Times" borrowed her "catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in people's heads' directly from her 2010 release "Ah, It's A Love Song." Burnett's lawsuit against Jepsen cited the blatant use of her "unique vocal motif." Burnett filed suit in October 2012.

The judge in the Carly Rae Jepsen plagiarizing ruled in favor of Allyson Burnett. The judge ruled that the two songs were similar enough and that that Jepsen and the Owl City musicians had access to it. The judge ordered BMI, which collects the royalties for "Good Time," fork over $804,156 to Alabama native Allyson Burnett.  

This isn't the first time Carly Rae Jepsen has been accused of plagiarism. Jepsen was sued in November 2012 by Ukrainian singer Aza. Aza claimed her song "Hunky Santa" was the inspiration behind Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Jepsen co-wrote the song with Tavish Crowe. Jepsen denied the claims and it looks like the case was dropped.

Carly Rae Jepsen has not commented on the case yet. Carly is currently getting ready to make her debut on Broadway when she opens in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" this February. Allyson Burnett co-wrote and sung the theme tune for MTV series "The Seven."

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