"I cannot emphasize enough this was not a settlement but a dismissal," Spears's lawyer, David R. Baum, tells the Associated Press. He added that there would be no financial payout of any kind, and that Indianapolis U.S. District Judge John D. Tinder reached his decision on Oct. 31.
Steve Wallace claimed in his lawsuit against Spears, Sony/BMG Music Publishing Inc., and recording and publishing companies that he had written "Sometimes" in 1990, though he acknowledged that he did not formally copyright the song until 2003 – four years after Spears registered her track with the U.S. Copyright Office.
"Sometimes" appeared on Spears's 1999 album, ... Baby One More Time and on last year's Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.
Wallace's attorney, John D. Ritchison, declined comment on the dismissal of the case.