Carly Rae Jepsen sued over 'Call Me Maybe' by Ukrainian singer Aza
Carly Rae Jepsen is being sued over her pop hit "Call Me Maybe."
Ukrainian singer Aza filed a major copyright infringement lawsuit in United States District Court on November 8, claiming similarities between "Call Me Maybe" and her 2011 song, "Hunky Santa."
"I'm shocked and surprised that these people wanted to sample my lyrics on 'Call Me Maybe.'" Aza said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com. "They didn't ask me for permission - they just stole it. That's why I filed this law suit. When I first listened to it on the radio while driving my car, I almost got into an accident. I couldn't believe what I was hearing."
The lawsuit claims that "Call Me Maybe" is a "derivative work" and lists Jepsen's co-writers Tavish Crowe and Josh Ramsay, as well as her label Schoolboy Records and its CEO, Scooter Braun.
Jepsen and Braun's rep had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
At press time, "Hunky Santa" had 183,706 YouTube views, while "Call Me Maybe" boasted 325.6 million YouTube views. Upon listening to both songs, it appears that the only obvious similarity between the two songs is one line.
In Aza's "Hunky Santa," she sing, "Hey handsome, what's your name? Do you want to be my Santa? I'll be your sweetest Lady Cane. Call me and here is my number."
Meanwhile, in Jepsen's hit, she sings, "Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here's my number, call me maybe?"
Aza is seeking unspecified damages and a court order barring all Jepsen et al from continuing to possess, distribute, sell, reproduce, advertise or promote "Call Me Maybe."
Jepsen was previously sued for alleged copyright infringement over another song, "Good Time." Allyson Nichole Burnett, aka Ally Burnett, claimed that Jepsen lifted the opening motif from her 2010 track "Ah, It's A Love Song" and incorporated it into Jepsen's new single.
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