Lavigne Settles in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

By Mariana McConnell 2008-01-09 21:20:11
Canadian singer Avril Lavigne has reached a confidential settlement in a copyright infringement lawsuit leveraged against her by 70’s power pop band the Rubinoos. The plaintiffs claimed that Lavigne’s 2007 hit song “Girlfriend” plagiarized a chorus from the Berkeley based Rubinoos’ 1978 song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”. Neither party could be reached for comment.

Lavigne’s skills as a songwriter have always been in question, as have her claims to be the sole arbitrator of her image. Rarely if ever writing songs solo, Lavigne is credited as songwriter on “Girlfriend” alongside collaborator Dr. Luke. She was accused by the Rubinoos last July and heatedly denied ever hearing the Rubinoos’ minor hit. Also last July, Lavigne was accused of lifting material from fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Chantel Kreviazuk, though Kreviazuk later recanted all her incendiary comments. The similarly quiet settlement in the Rubinoos case might indicate Lavigne’s wish to quickly hush up detractors.

For those of you still incessantly chanting for Lavigne’s head, a settlement does not equate an admission of guilt. According to the Toronto Star, Lavigne’s manager Terry McBride had previously indicated that she would consider settling out of court to avoid extensive, expensive legal fees. Avril Lavigne may be a copycat, but she is not a dumb copycat.
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