Katy Perry's "California Gurls" Under Fire from The Beach Boys

By Michael Preston
|  Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 5:38 PM CDT
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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg perform onstage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

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On second thought, maybe Katy Perry wishes they weren't all California girls.

The pop star, whose "California Gurls" has become the inescapable song of the season, is being threatened with a lawsuit by representatives of The Beach Boys for appropriating their famous chorus line for her tune, reports the New York Post.

Rondor Music, representing Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love, sent a letter to Perry's label, Capitol Records, asking for a writing credit and royalties for her use of the line.

The line in question was actually uttered by guest star Snoop Dogg on Perry's track, a bubbly ode to beach days and warm nights.

Wilson and Love have previously both admitted to liking Perry's work, especially since she said her tune was a tribute to their legendary band.

"I love her vocal," Wilson said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "She sounds very clear and energetic...The melody is infectious."

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