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Britney's Songwriter Sues Over 'Hold It Against Me'

3/2/2011 8:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

 Britney Spears' songwriter just launched a legal counter-attack over her number 1 hit "Hold It Against Me" -- suing The Bellamy Brothers for publicly claiming the song is a rip-off.
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In a federal lawsuit filed today, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald says The Bellamy Brothers launched a "smear campaign" by claiming Brit's hit -- co-penned by Gottwald -- was just a knockoff of their 1979 song ... "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?"

Gottwald also claims the Brothers' attack was "a publicity stunt aimed to increase their record sales ... and to combat their dwindling relevance." Ouch.

In addition to damages for defamation ... Gottwald wants a court order stating once and for all Britney's song has nothing to do with the BB's song.  

The Bellamy Bros. rep didn't immediately return a call for comment.

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1.

eric    

theres no doubt that KARMA IS A EFFING B*TCH! brit's fan were doing all this drama cuz of the gaga-madona thing and look who's the real COPYCAT!

1141 days ago
2.

misfit    

Um, this was originally a quote from Groucho Marx a long, long, long time ago, the Bellamy Brothers have no business saying it's their line. Greedy fools.

1141 days ago
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chrissy    

I agree it is a publicity stunt, there song sucks and Britneys song only has the lyrics "hold it against me". I guess brooke hogan is a thief for having a song titled freakshow with freakshow lyrics in it .. They already announced they are not taking legal action and the reason is because they know they do not have a case

1141 days ago
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Josephina    

I feel bad for them since they felt she stole the song, yet had no intentions of suing or taking any action against Brit. I'm a huge Britney fan, but honestly, this seems greedy and unnecessary on her part.

1141 days ago
5.

will    

i agree with num 5

1141 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

similar... settle.

1141 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

Bellamlmy's should get paid for having frivolous lawsuit filed against them that is... and they should sue if anyone.

1141 days ago
8.

rika    

To #5 Josephina

What they "felt" was a chance at cheap publicity.They didn't take legal action because they knew they'd loose.

No sympathy here.

1141 days ago
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Rebecca    

When I heard that son I thought it was a copy of the original song. I figured she had gotten some rights.

1141 days ago
10.

Mark Proctor    

Bellamy's that is.

1141 days ago
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Carla    

well just because they have the line "Hold it Against Me" doesnt mean that Brittney copied or anything you know some singers have the same line but in different songs. that doen't mean they exactly stole thier song.Brittney only used "Hold it Against Me" cuz its part of her song, duh!!!

1141 days ago
12.

eivissa    

ummmmmmm, nope

sorry

Don't hear it at all. hahahahahahahahaha

what a joke

those guys need to get a life..............................

1141 days ago
13.

go home!    

What an @ss! The songwriter TOTALLY ripped off the hook, he should be paying them. How sleazy, learn how to write with more originality buddy. NOT Winning!

1141 days ago
14.

go home!    

Um, listen to the original song people, they have more than the line "would you hold it against me" in it. It says If I "...", just like Britney's did...the new songwriter stole the hook and the idea of the song. He is a loser and should pay the Bellamy Bros for a freakin' finders fee!

1141 days ago
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moso    

Give me a Break!! There are a bunch of songs out there with the same title but it's a different song....
Did she actaully copy the melody?? Probably not!
Those old guys just need the money!!!!
WHO CARES...
I don't care for the lip sync queen much but I don't think it's a rip off!!

1141 days ago
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