Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" Sued for Plagiarism

Avril Lavigne

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

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 California’s 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, “This is a song she’d never heard of that was a minor hit before she was born. This is a stretch and there is no basis for it.”

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, "We’ll look at the cost to defend versus the cost to settle, and we’ll make a decision at that time.”

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."

© AceShowbiz.com



    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.

    Get Serious
    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.

    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

    way, I see the way y
    Feb 28, 2009

    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.

    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.

    Aug 04, 2007

    Well, it appears Avril can do it better after all.

    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.

    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

    Jul 10, 2007

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