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Avril Lavigne Settles Suit For Ripping Off Music

March 27, 2008 Comments off
Sony/BMG Artist Avril Pays Off Band

March 27. 2008

Last year, I wrote about Kabbalah cult member Avril Lavigne’s stealing streak here, here and here regarding her stealing music from music acts the Rubinoos and native Canadians, Peaches and Chantal Kreviazuk.

Lavigne recently settled the lawsuit referenced in my previous articles listed above. It’s the standard Hollywood copyright infringement settlement contract, which has been utilized many times in cases, where no one admits liability or that they did anything wrong.

“Lavigne Settles in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit”

Lavigne Settles in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit 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. http://www.cinemablend.com

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Avril Taking A Press Beating For Stealing

July 20, 2007 Comments off

The Avril-Lavigne-Steals press storm really gained more strength last week. Contained in this article is a sampling of some of the ongoing news articles about Avril Lavigne ripping off two fellow Canadian singers, Chantal and Peaches, and a 70’s American rock band the Rubinoos.

First, Chantal, who co-wrote Lavigne’s first album, then accused her of not really writing much on her own projects, poaching her song “Contagious,” then retracted her statements of theft because Team Avril:

a.) Threatened to sue

b.) Threatened to stop the royalty checks

c.) Threatened to kill her career

d.) All of the above

My guess is D.

Avril needs to make an apology to her fans and the artists she stole music from without credit. The denials are only going to make people want to prove it more.

Case in point. After Avril took to her site and slammed the band that sued her for stealing their music, the Rubinoos, denying she’d even heard of them, the bloggers went after her and unearthed the Peaches infringement.

Yes Avril, sometimes silence is golden…especially when you are in the wrong.

Millions of people are listening to the Peaches and Rubinoos infringements online. YouTube racked up over 2,000,000 views on it. Yes, it’s that bad…considering their most popular videos worldwide have around 1,500,000 views.

Avril should have stuck with what she was doing before, instead of going this route, under some unwise person’s influence, because it is near impossible for an artist to recover from the beating her credibility is taking.

When I saw the news headlines about it gaining momentum, I thought to myself, she’s in trouble. The blatant Rubinoos’ infringement and additional public revelations about other infringements show an emerging pattern of theft.

It’s so bad that the only way she could win in court is if she bribed the judge. According to online cases, articles and evidence exhibits, it happens all the time in the court system, hence corrupt verdicts.

It’s not like Hollywood hasn’t been caught doing this before. There are books and articles about it…with more to come.

It is rather unfortunate, as from a musical standpoint, she has a nice voice and is pretty, which made her sellable for the label, but she’s clearly got herself mixed up in some serious mess. Her credibility is shot with fans and critics alike, regardless of the outcome of the legal case:

“With such a unique blend of sounds going on, we wouldn’t be surprised if Avril Lavigne steals some of their rhythms for her next record and then acts like she’s never heard of them before.”

http://www.hecklerspray.com/myspace-trawl-konono-no-1

“After listening to clips of both songs (which are easily found on the Internet), it’s pretty safe to say that Avril is in pretty deep on this one.

Avril seems to think she’s in the clear, saying “I had never heard this song in my life and their claim is based on five words! All songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language.”

Sharing is caring, Avril, but sometimes sharing without permission is called “ripping people off and making a lot of money from it.”

http://www.thecornernews.com/servlet/Satellite?

Avril Lavigne In Fresh Plagiarism Claims – She’s accused off copying Peaches…Avril Lavigne is at the centre of a second maelstrom after being accused of plagiarism yet again.

Several videos posted up on YouTube claim that the Canadian singer directly copied Peaches’ ‘I’m The Kind *****’ with her track ‘I Don’t Have To Try.’

Gigwise has studied it long and hard, and despite the odd change in lyric, it seems pretty much identical. Check it out yourself here

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The fresh allegations come shortly after Lavigne was accused of ripping off The Rubinoos 1978 track ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’ on ‘Girlfriend.’

http://www.gigwise.com/news.asp?contentid=34612

As with most Information Age disputes, the controversy has spilled over onto You Tube.com, where various video clips highlighting similarities between the two songs – specifically, their sing-song-y, call-and-response choruses of “Hey, hey/You, you” – have been streamed more than 1.4 million times since last week.

“I never heard of the Rubinoos before the lawsuit,” said Gottwald, an in-demand producer who has crafted hits for Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Daughtry, among others. “I never heard of the song and neither has Avril. I would take a polygraph on that in front of them.

“Girlfriend” has sold 2.6 million copies worldwide and topped singles charts in the U.S., Italy, New Zealand, Austria, Ireland and Sweden. Lavigne was unreachable for comment, her manager said, but defended herself on her MySpace page.

Lavigne’s mensis horribilis began with last month’s issue of Performing Songwriter magazine (which went largely overlooked by the media until making headlines in Canada last week, then rippling out around the world), in which Chantal Kreviazuk, who co-wrote much of Lavigne’s 2004 triple platinum-selling album “Under My Skin,” ridiculed the notion that Lavigne writes her own material.

The allegation cuts to the core of Lavigne’s self-made persona.

“I mean, Avril, songwriter?” Kreviazuk said in the article. “Avril doesn’t really sit and write songs by herself or anything.”

“I’ve never been sued before for plagiarism,” he said. “I’m disappointed in humanity but open to discussions. I would love to talk to [Dunbar and Gangwer], to sit down with them and steer them in a direction to be positive.”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/lifestyle/bal-to.avril12jul12

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Avril Lavigne Steals Song Again

July 12, 2007 Comments off

Is that a Kabbalah red string poking out from under that left wristband?

This is a follow up to the July 9, 2007 article “Avril Lavigne Steals Songs where singers Chantal and separately, The Rubinoos, publicly accused Avril of stealing their music.

Avril has now been caught red-handed again stealing from another singer. This time it’s Peaches. A few sites have written about the striking similarities in Avril’s 2007 song “I Don’t Have to Try” to an old song by Peaches titled “I’m the Kinda.”

Furthermore, Avril listed the song by Peaces as one of her favorites in 2003…now a knock off of it has mysteriously appeared on her album, four years later. I checked the songs and they are very much alike. She willfully stole it.

See links below for song comparisons. Note on the links: the song contains profanity.

Avril, I’ve been noticing the red Kabbalah string you’ve been wearing on your wrist. Are you in the Kabbalah cult under madwoman Madonna’s tutelage. Rhetorical question.

To my site readers, please pardon Avril’s rude finger gesture and faux attempts at punk rock:

Avril (left) and rapper Lil’ Mama (right)

Because I find it amazing that for years you didn’t have any plagiarism problems, then bam, you start wearing the Kabbalah cult red string and start stealing copyrights from artists, left right and center, among them an artist, Peaches, that AMG (All Music Guide) slammed Madonna for ripping off a few years ago. In fact, Madonna has ripped off Peaches repeatedly. Just asking.

The Kabbalah cult is known for stealing. As a matter of fact, Radar magazine obtained a private Kabbalah cult memo that reflected their policy of “stealing copyrights” at any cost from anywhere you can get it, which is a federal and international crime.

Oh Avril, what have you gotten yourself into. You were doing well in the industry without said cult, now they are causing your downfall. Audiences are taking you to task over these thefts. Google it.

Avril Lavigne Loves to Steal – Published by Alyk July 10th, 2007 in Avril Lavigne. Amid allegations that she blatantly ripped off 70’s band the Rubinoos, Avril Lavinge is under scrutiny for stealing another song.

Avril claimed there was no way she could have stolen the Rubinoos tune “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” to make her song “Girlfriend,” because she never heard their song before.

She’ll have a much harder time denying she stole Peaches’ song “I’m the Kinda.” It sounds suspiciously similar to Avril’s 2007 suck-job song “I Don’t Have to Try.” In an interview with InStyle Magazine, Avril listed the 2003 song as one of her top seven “songs that inspire.”

I guess it inspires the theft of intellectual property. Take a listen and tell me what you think.

1. Mr_Alyk Jul 10th, 2007 at 2:18 pm Quote

un-punk, un-original, and untalented.

2. reprezenn Jul 10th, 2007 at 2:35 pm Quote. Avril Lavigne is a hack. Tell me something I don’t know.

3. Ta2dMom Jul 10th, 2007 at 3:59 pm Quote. Wow Avril, looks like you’re finally going to get your comeuppance huh? Bad “punk” girl! Didn’t your mama teach you that it’s not right to steal?

4. Darth Paul Jul 10th, 2007 at 4:47 pm Quote. Silly co***…I hate her.

5. Enmity Jul 10th, 2007 at 8:35 pm Quote. It’s anarchy stealing songs right? oh avril. I’ve never heard of peaches but I went to download her song now.

http://www.celebwarship.com/wp/?p=3400

http://www.hipandpop.com/avril-lavigne-steals-from-peaches-1663.html

Avirl Lavigne is stealing from Peaches now. I love how, you know, that she is MARRIED and thangs and still making songs about “I don’t like your boyfriend.” Maybe that’s just me? Also, stealing songs is the new ****** for tracks! You ain’t know? Get me bodied Avril! A Hot Mess!

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Avril Lavigne Steals Songs

July 11, 2007 Comments off

Note: to those of you having trouble displaying the page correctly, I am working to fix it. The commissioned hacker went nuts over the Madonna article about Live Earth and tampered with the site.

Avril Lavigne Steals Songs

July 9. 2007

Recently, singer Avril Lavigne took to the internet to deny claims she stole music from two separate artists. One, a Canadian named Chantal – the other the 70’s band the Rubinoos.

However, in light of song comparisons that have been placed online and featured in the Guardian newspaper regarding the infringement, it is plainly evident that a theft took place.

Furthermore, the songs sound the same. It’s the same lyric, melody and is sung with the same intonation and chanting. Avril needs to desist with the denials, because the infringements are there in black and white.

Denying it to the public will only make them think that much less of you when the evidence is that overwhelming. Judge for yourselves: The chorus for The Rubinos’ song copyrighted in 1978:

Hey, hey, you, you I wanna be your boyfriend

The chorus for Avril Lavigne song copyright in 2006:

Hey, hey, you, you, I want to be your girlfriend

That’s the same hook. She’s singing the rip off line throughout the song in the choruses, constituting a chunk of its running time. That’s a no no. Avril, be quiet before you dig yourself a deeper hole. Because no matter what you and your lawyer say at this point, the public does not believe you. Google it. Don’t insult people’s intelligence anymore than you already have.

“The chorus of his song contains the words: “Hey, hey, you, you I wanna be your boyfriend,” while Lavigne sings: “Hey, hey, you, you, I want to be your girlfriend” in a remarkably similar style. Girlfriend reached the top of the American singles chart and number two in the UK.” – The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Users/savedstories/save/tr/1,,330153909,00.html

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