Avril Pays Up to the Rubinoos

Last year, pop-punk star Avril Lavigne was hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement by Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer of the Berkeley band the Rubinoos, whose late-‘70s hit “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” appeared to be the foundation of Avril’s 2007 “Girlfriend” hit. Check out the comparison below:

Lavigne, who claimed she had never heard the song before, settled with the songwriters yesterday for an undisclosed sum to avoid a costly legal battle. Though the settlement doesn’t mean Lavigne has admitted guilt, some have also speculated whether the 23-year-old Canadian singer also ripped off Peaches’ “I’m the Kinda” in her song “I Don’t Have to Try”:
Kathleen Richards

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