Three years after its initial release, Louis Vuitton has at long last succeeded in barring the video for Britney Spears’ 2004 track “Do Somethin’” from being shown in France because of “an unauthorised close-up shot of Louis Vuitton fabric.” Said shot comes at around 40 seconds into the clip, in which our heroine–clearly channeling Gwen Stefani–shows off her mad driving skills around the sky before rocking out at a club; the shot is of a pink-and-white take on the LV fabric that’s embroidered on the freaking glove compartment of her bright pink SUV. But at least the tribunal has declared that the infringement isn’t technically Britney’s fault:
In the video, Spears appears in a car upholstered with Louis Vuitton fabric. The tribunal found the director of the video had clearly emphasised the Louis Vuitton brand, the report said.
The tribunal ruled that responsibility for the unauthorised use of the Louis Vuitton brand lay with Sony (nyse: SNE – news – people ) BMG and its subsidiary Zomba as well as MTV Online, and not the singer herself.
Yay! Way to go, Britney–something that isn’t your fault! Oh, but wait–
Britney made her directorial debut with the music video for Do Somethin’, though she had assistance from previous Spears collaborator Billie Woodruff (“Born to Make You Happy,” “Overprotected”). Britney requested that she be credited as “Mona Lisa” for the video, her apparent alter-ego.