Avril Lavigne Settles Suit, Flings A Pile Of Money At The Rubinoos

By: Maura / January 10, 2008


Avril Lavigne has reached an “undisclosed settlement” with the ’70s powerpop band the Rubinoos, who sued her over allegations that she was plagiarizing their song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” in the chorus of her inescapable 2007 hit “Girlfriend.” The Canadian Press story on the incident is quick to note that this settlement doesn’t necessarily mean that Lavigne and her management think that she (and co-writer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald) were guilty of any copyright infringement, and Lavigne’s manager basically said that the settlement was a way for everyone to avoid the headache of a lawsuit. But that doesn’t mean the debate over whether the two songs sound suspiciously alike can’t rage on in comment sections, so feel free to listen to the mash-up of the two tracks above!

Settlement reached in Avril Lavigne ‘Girlfriend’ lawsuit