recently filed a lawsuit
against Avril Lavigne, claiming that her song Girlfriend
(Youtube) plagiarized from their song, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
(mp3). An authorized cover version
of the Rubinoos song performed by Lush
and retitled "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend"
has even more similarities to the Lavigne song. Now that the teeming millions on the Internets have gotten into the act, YouTubers are now arguing whether Lavigne is a plagiarist
, whether the Rubinoos plagiarized from the Rolling Stones
, and whether Ms. Lavigne plagiarized a second time
. Now that Web 2.0 has made it easier to uncover musical copycats, I'm hot on the case of Bob Marley vs. The Banana Splits
Remember Blair Hornstine? Her $2.5 million lawsuit
against her high school for not naming her valedictorian resulted in an injunction
and the sole possession of the title. Now it gets worse: she has a Jayson Blair problem.
Several of her contributions to local papers were lifted from presidential speeches, Supreme Court opinions, and editorials.