Avril Lavigne has settled her lawsuit against songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer, who claimed that her hit song, ‘Girlfriend’, plagerized one of their own compositions.
Dunbar and Gangwer suit Lavigne in July last year, claiming that her hit song was a copyright infringement on their 1979 song, ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’, which was originally performed by The Rubinoos.
When played together, the two songs appear to have similarities in the chorus, however, Lavigne defended herself at the time saying, "Let me be crystal clear that I have not ripped anyone off or done anything wrong."
The two songwriters have settled their dispute, with Dunbar and Gangwer releasing a statement on Tuesday (January 15) saying:
"We are satisfied that any similarities between the two songs resulted from Avril and Luke’s use of certain common and widely used lyrics. We therefore completely exonerate Avril and Luke from any wrongdoing of any kind in connection with the claims made by us in our lawsuit."
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