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On Friday, Britney Spears‘ new single, Hold It Against Me, was released, and I pointed out that it sounded exactly like another song. The people who wrote that song in 1979 also pointed that out. To their lawyers. Daily Mail reports:
The video for her new single Hold It Against Me debuted just last week but Britney Spears and the first song from her new album has certainly made an impact, although perhaps not in the way she was hoping for. In fact, the 29-year-old singer is being accused of plagiarism and is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Britney is accused of ‘ripping off’ the rock ballad If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me by the Bellamy Brothers. The American singers claim Britney’s song is too close to their own 1979 hit which topped the charts in six countries, and David and Howard Bellamy are set to met with lawyers, according to reports. David, 60, told The Daily Star: ‘Howard and I have no personal beef with Britney. She’s a talented gal. But professionally we feel completely ripped off. ‘We will without doubt take the appropriate legal action if our attorneys agree we’ve been ripped off.’
I don’t think the Bellamy Brothers are on psychotropic meds and have regular hissy fits on Twitter where they overreach, so it’s hard to know if they are serious or not about legal action. Although, it might be difficult to prosecute Britney. Mostly because of that banner picture. Anybody with eyes that far apart can only be trusted to know how to stalk teenagers in the woods, not have the mental capacity to understand all this legal mumbo jumbo. I truly believe Britney thinks “attorney” means some sort of horseshoe throwing competition.