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Avril Cleared of Plagiarism Charges

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Jan. 15 2008, Published 9:32 a.m. ET

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Avril Lavigne has reached a settlement in a plagiarism lawsuit that accused her single “Girlfriend” of ripping off a ‘70s tune.

Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer, who penned the 1979 song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” performed by The Rubinoos, issued the following statement:

“We are satisfied that any similarities between the two songs resulted from Avril and songwriter Dr. 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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The duo sued the 22-year-old singer last May for cribbing a lyric from their song, to which Avril fired back, " 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."

This isn’t the only time Avril's songwriting skills were called into question. Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk, who co-wrote Avril’s 2004 album Under My Skin, implied in June that the pint-sized star seldom wrote a tune, only to retract her statements a month later.

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