My favorite celeb gossip site, tmz.com, has been carrying stories about claims that singer Avril Lavigne's song "Girlfriend" infringes the famous song "I Wanna be Your Boyfriend" by the equally famous Rubinoos. Here is a link to Avril's song. Here is a link to the Rubinoos' song. I think most if not all copyright layers would have a strong opinion about the claim, but Ms. Lavigne doth protest, as seen in this letter that TMZ has posted as from her:
"You may have heard some news that two guys who wrote for some band from the 1970s I have never in my life heard of called the "Rubinoos" are trying to sue me. They have a song called "I Want To Be Your Boyfriend" that has no musical similarities to the song "Girlfriend" that Luke Gottwald and I wrote together. They claim that a small part of the lyrics are the same and are saying that I took these from them. I had never heard this song in my life and their claim is based on 5 words! All songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language.
Off the top of my head, two other songs that I can immediately think of with this type of lyric are "Hey, hey, you, you get off of my cloud" by the Rolling Stones and "Hey little girl I want to be your boyfriend" by the Ramones. Simply put, I have been falsely accused of ripping their song off. Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim."