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Songwriters to Avril -- You're Off the Hook

1/15/2008 5:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Avril LavigneThe guys who accused Avril Lavigne of stealing their song, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" for her own "Girlfriend" have relented, and are "satisfied" that any "similarities" are just a big co-inky-dink. That wasn't complicated!

Avril was sued back in July by Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer for copyright infringement over their 1979 song, which seemed to have a similar chorus. Now, Dunbar and Gangwer have issued the following statement completely renouncing their suit:

"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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rockstarr26    

ive said it before and ill say it again...
they never should have lied in the first place by marketing her as a songwriter.
PLUGGEDIN.COM

2411 days ago
32.

Amy    

I need to write a song that someone can steal so I could get a nice check.

This type of thing has happened a lot over the years, but thanks to the power of the internet, if you steal some little local indy persons song, more people are going to know about it these days.

2411 days ago
33.

hottiemchot    

F**k that rat-faced, talentless twit

2411 days ago
34.

Sad    

When Avril sees those 2 guys on a street, she's going to spit on them....maybe say 'F**K YOU! How come she hasn't done that to Britney or Paris? Would love to see that!!! At least she doesn't lip sync and has a good voice. What do you think?

2411 days ago
35.

Neil    

Let out of the TMZ article is the fact that they reached a confidential settlement. Makes a big difference that they got paid by Lavigne. Get it together TMZ!

2411 days ago
36.

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2411 days ago
37.

wtf    

That's because they settled...in other words....she paid them off...old news Harvey

2411 days ago
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