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Avril Ripped for Allegedly Ripping Off "Girlfriend"

7/6/2007 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Avril Lavigne has gotten herself into a deeply complicated mess, with two '70s songwriters claiming that she stole their song for her hit single "Girlfriend."
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In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Northern California, songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer allege that "Girlfriend" rips off their 1979 song, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," originally performed by The Rubinoos, whose previous claim to fame was penning the theme to "Revenge of the Nerds." Veteran music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote on Billboard.com that "Girlfriend" was "a total lift" from "Boyfriend."
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Lavigne's manager tells the AP that the claim is baseless and that he hired a musicologist to study the two tracks -- and that they've been deemed "completely different songs." Decide for yourself below ...

UPDATE: Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer, the songwriters who recently brought a legal action against Avril Lavigne and Dr. Luke that claimed that the hit Lavigne/Dr. Luke song "Girlfriend" infringed the copyright in their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," have issued the following statement: "We are satisfied that any similarities between the two songs resulted from Avril and Luke's use of certain common and widely used lyrics. We therefore completely exonerate Avril and Luke from any wrongdoing of any kind in connection with the claims made by us in our lawsuit."

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April    

Sounds a lot a like to me!

2563 days ago
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Alicia    

Oh well, I guess her record label will just have to cough up some money. Isn't there supposed to be someone out there that double checks samplings, gets permission, and makes acknowledgements? How does that all work?

2563 days ago
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Elle    

Wow she completely jacked that song lol.. and they're both crap! Imagine that.

2563 days ago
4.

Jordan    

They sound awfully similar to me!

2563 days ago
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the great flamingo    

definitely a ripoff

2563 days ago
6.

LuvTMZ    

Oh yeah, they sound alike - Avril's version is better

2563 days ago
7.

Bi-Polar Hippie    

Agreed,....Avril's version IS better!

2563 days ago
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jules22    

They both sound equally awful- here is a pretty funny Avril photo: http://collegecandy.com/blogroll/4010

2563 days ago
9.

ja    

Totally theft.......fry her.

2563 days ago
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Lily    

It does sound like she borrowed heavily from the other song, doesn't it? It is the second accusation of plagiarizism being levelled at her, the first coming from former collaborator, Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk. It isn't looking good for Avril, is it? Does she think people will just ignore her stealing from them?

2563 days ago
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Yikes-A-Hooty    

Amazing what some "has-been" songwriters won't do to turn a buck. Avril's version is much better. Admittedly, the songs are very similar. Oh well, what are they gonna do?

2563 days ago
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TheScrutinizer    

totally jacked the song.

2563 days ago
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Black Macho Gal    

They both ought to be sued for sampling Get Off My Cloud by the Rolling Stones

2563 days ago
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Abreanna    

I really don't think that it's that much alike. It has different lyrics. Plus the fact that that sound is close but not like she ripped the exact words. I don't think that she did i think someone is just trying be a jerk.

2563 days ago
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Michelle    

Uhm....they sound exactly alike, at least the chorus part. Coincidence? Doubtful. Methinks someone owes someone else some money now.

2563 days ago
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