Ukrainian Singer Claims ‘Call Me Maybe’ Star Ripped Off Her Song
BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A former beauty queen and Ukrainian singer said the artist behind the smash hit “Call Me Maybe” ripped off the lyrics to one of her songs.
A singer known as Aza filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Carly Rae Jepsen for copyright infringement because she claims a lyric in her song, “Hunky Santa,” sounds just like the main hook in Jepsen’s song.
In Aza’s video she’s heard saying, “Call me and here is my number.”
Aza said she was driving when she heard Jepsen’s song.
“I heard ‘Call me, here is my number.’ Not ‘take my number’ or ‘I give you my number.’ But ‘here is my number,’” said Aza.
Barry Rothman, Aza’s attorney, said “Hunky Santa” was copyrighted two years before “Call Me Maybe” and rejects the notion that the term “call me” is generic.
“We consult with musicologists before we file litigation to ensure the fact that our perception of these kinds of things, which we characterize as infringement, is not just an attorney’s perception,” said Rothman.
Justin Bieber’s manager and record label, which released “Call Me Maybe,” were also named in the suit.
No dollar amount is specified.
“We have to see how much money the song made,” said Rothman. “There are two aspects to this. It’s not just damages, but credit.”
Aza said, “My message to all starving artists is that nobody can steal from you. Nobody can steal your intellectual property.”
A representative for Carly Rae Jepsen denied the allegations and said, “Lawsuits like this one give attorney’s a bad name.”