Avril Lavigne is a thief

July 5th, 2007 // 91 Comments

Avril Laviigne is being sued by The Rubinoos who claim her song “Girlfriend” was stolen from their song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” The CEO of Nettwerk Music Group dismissed the suit, calling it baseless and a “case of legal blackmail.” The CEO says:

“Avril’s a great songwriter and she’s proving it over and over and over again … Avril’s very, very sensible. She knows music well. If the chords had been similar, the melodies had been similar, lyrics had been similar, the meter, she would have gone, ‘Okay, I can see their point.’ But nothing’s similar.”

The record company may end up settling the suit anyways, since it might cost them even more to successfully defend. Although this isn’t the first time Avril has been accused of stealing. Last month, singer Chantal Kreviazuk accused Avril of stealing a song title. Additionally, the writer of “Sk8er Boi” says Lavigne shouldn’t be listed on the credits since all she did was “change a word here or there.” You can listen to the comparison above and judge for yourself. Personally, I think Avril Lavigne is a clown so in my book she’s pretty much guilty of everything. Stealing songs? Guilty! Being a man? Guilty! Murdering Jesus? Guilty!

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  1. no1justminda

    They both suck. Can I sue them for that?

  2. Michael Startup

    These guys, who were out in the 70′s, long before Avril was born, actually weren’t even heard of till now. Doesn’t add up, does it.

    And for the punks out there that slam her, I know your mentality levels are low, but it was the media, not her that claimed she was punk.

  3. Justin

    Whats funny is a lot of songs sound the same

    for EXAMPLE the opening riff???

    sounds to be the exact same chord progression as the MISFITS “astro zombies”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5AEGyv9Cqs

    Now the misfits could beat the shit out of those fags The Rubinoos so thats probably why they stayed away from a lawsuit on them…

    but lest be honest.

    The rubinoos suck
    Avril Sucks.

    so who really fucking cares if the songs sound the same.

    All Hail The MISFITS!!!!

  4. Meow

    OMG! She’s a theiving whore and anyone who knows music, plays music and/or in the profession knows it.OMG!WOW!….wow man, wow!<-stolen quote:D

  5. Crumble

    I actually listened to both songs, and I am a songwriter, and I think Avril ripped off the song. They are so similar. I’d sue her if it were me. The boyfriend song is on limewire. Go download it and listen for yourself.

  6. ChryScntedPeach

    The chorus is the same, and I use the term “chorus” loosely as the entire song is one giant chorus. Other than that they don’t sound too much alike.
    Actually, the first time I heard the song I thought that it sounded exactly like Hey Mickey. Toni Basil needs to join in so it can be a class action lawsuit of one hit wonders and pathetic nobodies.

  7. even though the
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    only 2 ztrikez againzt
    her..Zhez ztill way
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    and everyone fuckin knowz it.?

  8. Caminador

    Amen, Chauncey, although, I can’t agree with calling “The Walk” a sloppy rip-off. Bold, however, considering they weren’t nearly as far apart as Avril Douchebag and the Rubinoos, being part of a very simliar British pop scene. Although, this is still a semi-valid excuse to shoot her in the face, so I guess I’m behind it.

    #55, “I actually listened to both songs, and I am a songwriter, and I think Avril ripped off the song….the boyfriend song is on limewire. Go download it…” What did we do to deserve your wisdom? Limewire?! BRILLIANT! *Runs around neighborhood shouting “Eureka!”*

  9. FROG

    well frankly avril makes most of her music . so i cant see her copying shit. so , why dont you all just grow up stop bitching about every little thing that happens on this god damn earth , and why dont you try to save it or use your time creatively.

  10. Kate

    #59 – Do you know how many artists probably pay songwriters to be able to claim they wrote a song? Avril has a long history with song-writers… I doubt she has a musical bone in her body.

    You’re obviously not using YOUR time creatively, either, as you’ve planted yourself in front of the computer to defend some hack who won’t ever credit you for doing so. You know why? Because she doesn’t give credit where credit is due, ie, this song.

    The choruses are VERY similar, and I’ll bet she knew it before the song was ever released. Who cares if no one has really heard The Rubinoo’s until now? They wrote a song from which elements have been obviously stolen. They have every right to take legal action.

  11. Hemlock Queen

    You can’t really blame Avril. The dumb bitch doesn’t write her songs. She let’s some hippy fuck who’s actually heard this slop from the seventies rip it off. The bitch sang country first for christ sakes. Calling her a Hack is about right. I vote death sentence for her anyway.

  12. DaniNic

    Ok, this is totally embarrassing, but whatever.

    “The Party” (the pop “band” that was formed from the Mickey Mouse Club) remade “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and I remember hearing Avril’s “Girlfriend” and thinking “aw, she did a tribute song,or something..? How cute”

    The lyrics are dead on.

    “Hey- Hey! You- You! I wanna be your boyfriend” -Rubinoos

    “Hey-Hey! You-You! I don’t like your girlfriend!”

    Welcome to Vanilla Ice territory. Watch your “career” go down in flames…

  13. miss oblivious

    Never even heard of the Rubinos. Anyways, their song was ok. But Avril’s song sucked. I wouldn’t want to compare the two if I were the Rubinoos. Normally I like alot of Avril’s songs (espc her ballads) and think she has a great voice (though maybe not the best personality or sense of fashion…lets face it, she’s a pseudo-punk). But I would have to disagree w/ the lawsuit, and say the two songs really don’t sound alike. About as similar as any other boppy tune. Not to mention the fact that Avril wasn’t even alive when their song came out, and probably never even heard of them. And even is she did;doesn’t all music come from some sort of inspiration anyways?

  14. Mike

    “hey hey you you i could steal your lyrics”
    “no way no way copyright infringement”

  15. Every fan of Avril needs to become familiar with her twin sister, LizVicious.com–
    Dedicated to AFJ, RIP.

    Liz fans holla.

  16. Rach

    are they sueing because there are two verses which are slightly similar?!?! they re either bored with their life and have nothing to do or bored with their life and have nothing to do. they re probably a 100years old now and barely anyone knows them and their songs. only two verses are similar and that hey hey you you…..and i wanna be your girl/boyfriend….get a life and find a hobby!!

  17. Franklin

    You know, to this day, I still cannot understand why people (and the courts) think that the Ghostbusters song and Huey Lewis’ “I Wanna New Drug” sound the same. Frankly, I can’t hear much similarity between the two.

  18. BlohansDeviatedSeptum

    Avril Lavigne is not fucking jewish. But that is way funnier than anything I’ve read on here for a while.

    Oy vey oy vey I don’t like your girlfriend

  19. She needs to be smothered in jam and left in a room full of racoons.

  20. sara

    Just an old used up band trying to get their names in the paper. And they did… With that said I wonder if they should try and sue every movie and other songs that have used… hey you… so on….
    this is a silly scam….

  21. buddymorrissey

    The chorus is an obvious lift from the Rubinoos; what’s equally obvious is that a dullard like Lavigne has never heard of the Rubinoos, let alone heard their music. The real thief is the 40something who ghost-wrote the song. The Rubinoos were a cult favorite, generally loved by the critics and ignored by the public. Exactly the sort of band a frustrated performer who’s relegated to ghostwriting would listen to. That’s why there’s talk of settlement, so that that doesn’t come out in court.

  22. avril mai not

    was thinking exactly the same as 71, both that it is a blatant lift and obviously the work of someone else who is familiar with music that came out pre-mid-90s. she can’t even steal her own songs – that’s not very punk, avril!
    though i think full credit for writing the verses must lie with avril and not the ghostwriter, because who else could come up with genius like ‘she’s like, so whatever’?
    just wondering how much of a portion of a song you have to steal to be a rip-off, in others’ eyes? it’s exactly because this song is obscure that she could get away with it. if someone came out with ‘he loves you, yeah yeah yeah’ as the focal point of a chorus, delivered in the same vocal rhythm and essentially same tune, it would laughable to pass it off as either an original tune or a friendly tribute.
    if you’re familiar with the lush cover – changed to ‘i wanna be your girlfriend’ – then the avril rip-off is even more immediately obvious.

  23. avril mai not

    “The CEO says: …But nothing’s similar.”
    haha, proving that industry suits are indeed musically deaf.

  24. kate

    i dont think its really alike cuz after all lyrics can mix and so she is the best

  25. Kel

    The only thing that’s the same is that they say “Hey hey you you.” Cuz, yeah, “Hey you,” those aren’t popular words for songs as it is. She MUST’VE stolen it. Duh. I’m no massive Avril fan or anything, but that’s just stupid.

  26. These two songs have very little in common.

  27. bstargurl

    I hate that goddamn song. It makes me die a little inside everytime I hear it.

  28. bstargurl

    I hate that goddamn song. It makes me die a little inside everytime I hear it.

  29. Naruelle

    Only similiarity I hear is the “hey hey you you” which is prob in both songs just because they suck at writing lyrics and didn’t wanna put in anything retarded like “i’m a motherfuckin’ princess.” Oh wait that already happened

  30. bunch of jealouz
    bitchez of Avril??

    all U fattfuckz
    have fun allday
    while I enjoy the
    beach, azzfuckz??

  31. Lauren

    Wait- you’re insinuating that Avril Lavigne is one of those trendy pop stars? I just can not believe that. She just seems so above it. I mean, she’s a deep person with lots of emotion; like anger and hate. She is real hardcore punk and we should all be admiring her god given talent for writing music. I mean, she’s an artist.

  32. lavy

    Avril’s great! <3 talented and and such. lot of losers want her to fall cause they can’t be as success as her. Famous and easy for her to make money. And with those jealosy in those losers’ heart, poor them :p

  33. TheRage

    it may not be the same song, but it is very similar!

  34. superstar

    u shud see this girl hu thinks she number 1 avril fan!!http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MemberId=4146194266

  35. kentuckymist

    I see no similarities, to the boyfriend song, I agree that if anyone has a copyright suit it would be toni basil “mickey”

  36. Tommy

    Just because certain folks haven’t heard of the Rubinos, that doesn’t discredit their case at all. Just because you don’t know the name of a disease doesn’t mean you can’t catch it(hmm…how appropriate IS that….).Sure, Avril is famous these days, but the chorus is just too close for comfort. It may be an accident, but really, she is making money off a hookline that has been written earlier. Just because she has the money to promote her version of it doesn’t entitle her to ownership, although a lot of you seem to think so.

  37. Tommy

    Just because certain folks haven’t heard of the Rubinos, that doesn’t discredit their case at all. Just because you don’t know the name of a disease doesn’t mean you can’t catch it(hmm…how appropriate IS that….).Sure, Avril is famous these days, but the chorus is just too close for comfort. It may be an accident, but really, she is making money off a hookline that has been written earlier. Just because she has the money to promote her version of it doesn’t entitle her to ownership, although a lot of you seem to think so.

  38. sk8terboi

    Thief!!!!! have she stolen your mother panties??????Dumb ass!! Girlfriend is far from dat..Wotevr shit..

  39. Jim

    The Rubinoos lost their frivolous case against Avril.

  40. hates avril

    i hate avril lavingne she is ugly

  41. hey i dunt think so

    umm hey how can these guuys talk so bad…well i guess u all had nuff wit avril cusshe so damn fuckingly rulz da punk world and u guys are just dirt bags out there wishing 2 b sumthang but too bad u all ain got no talent…it doesnt matta if shesa american or canadian…only thing shz a person and u all treat her like a meatball…damn……. whateva..she rulz herjob and i dont thik shes copied it…the song pefectly sounds her type…ppl r jealous of her success

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