Cat Accuses Carley Rae Jepsen of Plagiarism
By now you’ve probably heard Call Me Maybe, the mega hit pop song from Carly Rae Jepsen, or one of hundreds of parodies popping up around the web. But you probably haven’t heard of Flinders the Cat, a recording artist from Glens Falls, NY who alleges that Jepsen lifted her song without credit.
According to a lawsuit filed at the Glens Falls City Court, Flinders and Jepsen were recording partners in the mid-2000s, but fell out in 2009 after a dispute over a jingle contract for Fancy Feast cat food. It is around this time that Flinders says Jepsen stole the lyrics to a song that would later become Call Me Maybe.
The similarities in the lyrics provided in court documents are indeed uncanny. Jepsen’s version reads:
Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my number,
So call me, maybe?
While Flinders’ original is:
Meow meow mrooow meow,
Meooow meow meow,
Mew mew meow mrow,
Meow meow, mew meow?
Legal experts expect that Jepsen will settle before the case goes in front of a judge.