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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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31.

justcommenting    

(Referring to #17), I don;t think you can copyright a sentence, but I think it's considered plagiarism if you do. (Obviously, there's a limit to this, but I dont know what it is.)

2477 days ago
32.

Chris Jones    

That guy doesn't stand a chance in court. The songs don't sound similar at all.

2477 days ago
33.

Patnic    

For sure this is a rip off and I see $$$$$$$ in the future.

2477 days ago
34.

Lolita    

a total rip-off, without question. She's a total loser anyway, so it's not surprising. She's about as punk-rock as a root canal.

2477 days ago
35.

someday    

identical.............jeez...how can they be so stupid!

2477 days ago
36.

DeeDee    

I've heard both and they sound EXACTLY alike to me. Avril's song "hey hey you you..I wanna be your girlfriend" and the other song "hey hey you you...I wanna be your boyfriend" are almost the same song.

2477 days ago
37.

fetacheese    

wow, they're both awful songs, but at least the original can say that theres was a cheesy song that came out in the 70's and not a few months ago--yikes!

2477 days ago
38.

b    

there are similarities. the girl's just so "bubble gum"... she's the "punk" girl for 11 year olds . definately a poser.

2477 days ago
39.

Dallas    

what a loser. can't believe people like this "punk" poser.

2477 days ago
40.

Nuts    

i still say there to close not to be rip off.phrasing whatever.be interesting to see what courts decide.

2477 days ago
41.

ruby    

Avril lavigne is bad. she's always been bad and she'll always stay bad. all she knows how to do is imitate human beings because she isn't one. she is a total alien and relies on others to exist. she wouldn't know how to get home if she were five blocks away. someone should make a milli vannili/avril mash up.

2477 days ago
42.

trikkikitty    

Are you guys really serious, or do you just want to "fry" that poor girl for any thing.
Those songs are completely different.

2477 days ago
43.

Tangie    

Sound exactly the same to me!

2477 days ago
44.

kim    

Avril ripped that song off. if was going to rip songs off, start with really good ones. Duh, Avril!!
You would of know that if you finished high school!

2477 days ago
45.

Smith    

Ice, Ice Baby vs. Under Pressure anyone?

2477 days ago
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