Songwriter Steve Wallace is suing Britney Spears claiming to have penned the song “Sometimes” which appears on Spears 1999 album Baby One More Time and last year’s release Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.
Wallace claims he wrote the song in 1990 and actually placed the lyrics in a sealed envelope and mailed it to himself to obtain a dated postmark, which is known as a ‘poor man’s copyright’. Court documents, filed in federal court on May 5, 2005, state that he did not formerly copyright the song until 2003. Spears obtained a U.S. Copyright for the song on January 22, 1999.
Wallace claims he shopped the song to publishers in 1994 and entered it into a Pennsylvania lyrics contest in 1997. He is trying to settle the case out of court and wants recognition and payment beyond $150,000 for each instance his copyright was infringed.
Spears’ attorneys replied with a document denying Wallace’s claim and Spears’ Reps referred calls to her label, Sony/BMG, who had no comment on the lawsuit.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.