My next video: Getting involved on YouTube

July 6, 2007

So YouTube is doing a great job in featuring the presidential candidates on You Choose. This week, Jim Gilmore (R.) gets a chance in the Spotlight to ask YouTubers a question here. Each candidates gets 1 week.

Avril Lavigne sued for “Girlfriend,” sounds a lot like “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”

July 6, 2007

News: Avril Lavigne has the 2nd Most Watched Video (all time) on YouTube (over 41 million views) with her video “Girlfriend,” in which the lyric goes “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Girlfriend.” The 70s band The Rubinoos has just her sued her for copyright infringement because the song sounds amazingly similar to The Rubinoos’ song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” The similarity was obvious to one music critic in Billboard when he reviewed Avril’s album and stated: “the chorus of “Girlfriend” was a “total lift from the Rubinoos’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.'” (More here)

Here are two comparisons:

Analysis: My copyright class would love this. I usually have an entire class devoted to music copyright infringement cases during which we compare music tracks.