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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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226.

Riddler    

Well if the government doen't noticed lately, everyone in the music business has been uplifting 70 or any old song lately.
Government says "no copyrights!" Dude, you really don't get the freedom of speech and the part where some singers can up lift or jack out a song for no reason =/ the world needs to realize that.....sigh....the bittersweet of the this cold dumb world

2569 days ago
227.

angel    

unsure how it can be there song when it is different . and just about every singer out there these days have take, sung or stole !!!!! just about every song out there is a re-make any way and dosent a copy right run out after so many years? maybe they are jelouse because she has made more money. people sue to much these days anyway!!!!!!!!!!

2568 days ago
228.

Artoonie    

lolpwnt

2565 days ago
229.

Apple Owner    

The songs are completely different except for a few words in common. I'm not sure I'd want to own either. So, what would damages be in a case like this? Is she preventing all the second hand stores from selling their vinyl? Are people turning their vinyl in looking for Avril's and it's flooding the market?

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