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Avril Lavigne Rejects Accusation That Her Hit Single 'Girlfriend' is a Rip-Off of '70s Song

Avril Lavigne has denied a claim by a member of a 1970s rock band that her hit "Girlfriend" rips off one of his tunes.

Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer allege in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that Lavigne and her co-writers lifted their 1979 song, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."

The song was performed by The Rubinoos, which included Dunbar, on their 1979 album, "Back to the Drawing Board."

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"We are not so naive as to chalk it up to some sort of cosmic coincidence," Dunbar said last week. "The lyric, the meter, the rhythm -- they're identical."

Terry McBride, Lavigne's manager, said in a statement Monday that "upon the expert opinion of the country's foremost musicologists, there is no basis" for the allegations. The statement was released in an e-mail from a representative at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which distributes Lavigne's music.

Lavigne made her debut at 16 with her first album, 2002's "Let Go." It sold millions, as did her follow-up, 2004's "Under My Skin." The discs spawned hits such as "Complicated," "I'm With You" and "My Happy Ending."

She co-wrote "Girlfriend" with songwriter Lukasz Gottwald. The song was featured on her latest album, "The Best Damn Thing."

In a statement posted Friday on her Web site, the 22-year-old pop princess said "Girlfriend" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" have no musical similarities.

"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."

"All songs share similar lyrics and emotions," she said. "Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim."

A court date is scheduled Aug. 28 in Oakland, Calif.