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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.

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