Britney is sued for copyright infringement. Two songwriters claim she lifted two tunes on ''Oops! ... I Did It Again''

By Gary Susman
Updated June 12, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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She did it again. So claim a pair of Philadelphia songwriters, who are suing Britney Spears because, they allege, she ripped off one of their songs, not once but twice.

Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski filed a copyright-infringement suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Friday, claiming that they sent Spears’ representatives a song called ”What You See Is What You Get” in late 1999. They say that they were told the song was rejected, but in 2000, Spears released the album ”Oops!… I Did It Again,” containing the songs ”What U See (Is What U Get)” and ”Can’t Make You Love Me,” both of which, the plaintiffs contend, were ”virtually identical” to their song. Each of Spears’ tunes was credited to several of the producers at Sweden’s Cheiron Studios, the hitmaking factory behind smashes by Spears, ‘N Sync, and the Backstreet Boys.

Named as defendants in the suit were Spears, Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp. (Jive’s parent company), Wright Entertainment Group (her manager), and BMG Music Publishing (the copyright holder of Spears’ songs). None of them has commented on the suit.