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Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" Sued for Plagiarism

July 05, 2007 07:40:06 GMT

Avril Lavigne's song "Girlfriend" is claimed bearing too similar lyrics to a 1979 song and the songwriters are now suing for it.


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Avril Lavigne's first single from her latest effort has received both critics and legal action. After being criticized for sounding too similar to Tony Basil's "Mickey", the song "Girlfriend" now is being sued for a plagiarism by a couple of songwriters.

"Girlfriend" has been accused a plagiarism to pop band The Rubinoos' claim-to-fame single "I Wanna be Your Boyfriend" (1979). Within the lyrics of Rubinoos' song is "Hey hey you you, I wanna be your boyfriend" while in Avril's lyric there's "Hey hey you you, I want to be your girlfriend".

Songwriters to "I Wanna be Your Boyfriend", Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer filed a lawsuit at Californiaís Nothern Federal District Court. Avril's production company Avril Lavigne Publishing and co-writer Dr. Luke have both been specified as the defendants.

While The Rubinoos failed to make a comment, Avril's manager Terry McBride gave a full defense that the Canadian singer is not a copy cat. McBride said, ďThis is a song sheíd never heard of that was a minor hit before she was born. This is a stretch and there is no basis for it.Ē

He continued that the word "Hey You" has been used in many songs and therefore he's confident that Avril's side is "strong". He added, "Weíll look at the cost to defend versus the cost to settle, and weíll make a decision at that time.Ē

Musicologists have been sat down to hear both songs and the experts rules out plagiarism. McBride then concludes that it's only a form of "legal blackmail".

This isn't the only accusal case that Avril faces. Long time collaborator Chantal Kreviazuk also slammed her in using the track "Contagious" without her permission. Kreviazuk fumed, "I sent her a song two years ago called 'Contagious,' and I just saw the track listing to (The Best Damn Thing) and there's a song called 'Contagious' on it and my name's not on it. What do you do with that?"

Kreviazuk is particularly doubting Avril's credibility to write a song alone but once again Avril's manager came to her rescue by saying that Avril is a "collaborative writer". Meanwhile, "Contagious" co-writer Evan Taubenfield made it clear by saying, "We originally wrote it for me, so there's no way Chantal was involved. I can't speak on her song or any claims she's making about our song because I've never heard hers."

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posted by Raito on May 30, 2010
Why the hell do you people keep posting the damned lyrics!!! Stupid! Yeah, Avril ripped em off! So what? Artists rip others off all the time! They dont even write their own shit anymore!! The only reasons her version is more popular is because of who she is, and the target audience today. People who listen to her are pop hogs who drool at her feet. Her fans are people who like to imitate rock and drool over her pop music. Avril isnt rock! No matter how much she likes to say she is! She a fucking POP STAR, not punk.
posted by Get Serious on Jan 06, 2010
Every song in some way shape or form is a rip-off of another song. Millions of song have the same chord progression or other similar arrangements.
posted by nary on Apr 13, 2009
Bad producer,drunk during recording, similair sequence,a few lyrics are the same,incredibly good to know,literally everyone should suggest that avril is truly a dispointing music artist
posted by way, I see the way y on Feb 28, 2009
way, I see the way you look at me And even when you look away I know you think of me I know you talk about me all the time again and again So come over here, tell me what I want to hear Better yet make your girlfriend disappear I donít want to hear you say her name ever again (And again and again and again!) [Bridge] [Chorus] Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know itís not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend In a second youíll be wrapped around my finger Cause I can, cause I can do it better Thereís no other So when's it gonna sink in? Sheís so stupid What the hell were you thinking?! [repeat] [Chorus] THESE LYRICS ARE COMPLETLY DIFFERENT THE RAMONES OR W.E SUCK LIKE HELL AND THEY NEED TO GET A FUCKIN LIFE AVRIL DO UR THING I SUPPORT YOU 100%
posted by NJ on Feb 21, 2009
i just heard this song on the radio for the first time in a while, and i knew there'd been some discrepancy over the origins of the song, but while on the radio, i started to sing the Reel Big Fish's "I want your girlfriend to be my girlfriend" over the top of "Girlfriend" and the two match pretty well, same chord sequences, similar lyrics/theme.
posted by BelleSuicide on Aug 06, 2007
The fucking cunt that posted first posted the wrong fucking song. Avril Lavigne is being sued by the Rubinoos, not the addamn Ramones you dumb cunt.
posted by goulart on Aug 04, 2007
Well, it appears Avril can do it better after all.
posted by Eno11 on Jul 17, 2007
I don't think that Avril steals songs word for word, but I do believe that she steals parts of songs and she "collaborates"with other people to help her put it all together. I have always known that she is a punk wannabe, but I didn't know she was a thief, especially because she prides herself in being original and of writing her own music. I am not an Avril fan, nor do I hate her; I just think that is too much of a coincidence that two of her songs sound like that of other artists.
posted by missbagera on Jul 14, 2007
what are you like 12? everying likes lavigne? newsflash. everyone hates hey because shes a fucking loser punk tryhard with nothing good to say. i am so happy shes being sued. im ecstatic in fact. its about time that talentless hack got knocked down a notch.and can you even read? the song is by the Rubinoos. thats NOT the Ramones. oh and btw - avril lavigne is really going to read this and thank you for your "support". i hope you die
posted by Deja on Jul 10, 2007
THIS IS SOOOOOO FUCKIN STUPID the sounds sound NOTHING alike im telling you this boyband SCUKS LIKE FUCK and there only tryin to get avrils money avril do ur thang jus cuz this boyband is PLAYED OUT and NO ONE likes them dosnt mean they have to try and sue somone that everyone likes like holy even look heres da lyrics to der lame ass song :Hey, little girl I wanna be your boyfriend Sweet little girl I wanna be your boyfriend Do you love me babe? What do you say? Do you love me babe? What can I say? Because I wanna be your boyfriend HOW THE FUCK IS THAT AND AVRILS SONG THE SAME??? NOW HERES THE LYRICS TO AVRILS SONG GIRLFRIEND: [Chorus] Hey! Hey! You! You! I donít like your girlfriend! No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know itís not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend [Verse 1] Youíre so fine I want you mine Youíre so delicious I think about ya all the time Youíre so addictive Donít you know what I could do to make you feel alright? Donít pretend I think you know Iím damn precious And Hell Yeah Iím the motherfucking princess I can tell you like me too and you know Iím right [Bridge:] Sheís like so whatever And you could do so much better I think we should get together now And thatís what everyoneís talking about! [Chorus:] Hey! Hey! You! You! I donít like your girlfriend! No way! No way! I think you need a new one Hey! Hey! You! You! I could be your girlfriend Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know itís not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend [Verse 2] I can see the way, I see the way you look at me And even when you look away I know you think of me I know you talk about me all the time again and again So come over here, tell me what I want to hear Better yet make your girlfriend disappear I donít want to hear you say her name ever again (And again and again and again!) [Bridge] [Chorus] Hey! Hey! You! You! I know that you like me No way! No way! You know itís not a secret Hey! Hey! You! You! I want to be your girlfriend In a second youíll be wrapped around my finger Cause I can, cause I can do it better Thereís no other So when's it gonna sink in? Sheís so stupid What the hell were you thinking?! [repeat] [Chorus] THESE LYRICS ARE COMPLETLY DIFFERENT THE RAMONES OR W.E SUCK LIKE HELL AND THEY NEED TO GET A FUCKIN LIFE AVRIL DO UR THING I SUPPORT YOU 100%

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