I would be leveraging Britney's efforts for my personal gain. I didn't go to all those dance classes, spend millions in the studio and on marketing, liposuction, etc. Cover versions are a definite way to make in-roads. I'm thinking about those early KLF / Timelords tracks.
So what is the problem? Who is the victim? Britney, who got all the fame that she worked for? What is it to her if her work does more good than she intended? She did nothing to create the plants, the sun, the air, or life itself. Yet she accepts all of it. We are all privileged. If you want to be consistent with the ideology that people may not have more good than they work for, then you need to refuse life itself.
Britney needs the public to use their own resources (e.g. minds, CDs, etc) to create their own copies of her music. Because if they do not, then they have no reason to give her the fame that she wants. But that does not make her owner of those people's minds or property. She does not partly own the public just because they used their resources to do what she needed and wanted them to do.
E.g. if some Mozart-like person hears her songs on the radio, then she wanted him to have the song in his mind and willingly allowed him to create a memory of the song in his mind. So the memory of her song in his mind would be rightfully his. And it literally would be part of his brain. If he had full bodily autonomy and property rights then he would be allowed to use his skills and memory to get famous off of his memory of the song. Only if we allow Britney partly ownership of his brain so that she can partly decide how he uses his skills and memories can we have copyright laws in this case. Because only then she can forbid him from using the memories that she wanted him to create and that are part of his brain to get famous.
Also relevant here is that people do not always deserve certain things just because they worked for it. If I work hard to make a statue of myself out of my poop so that you can see it and pay me for it, would I be entitled to your money just because I worked hard for it? No matter how hard Britney worked for it, we are not entitled to give her anything. Not ownership of our minds, resources, and skills; and not even fame. If someone works hard for a business model that is not viable then he just made a mistake and no one else ought to have to give up his rights for that mistake.
Sorry I meant to say that many far away countries plagiarize rampantly across entire sectors, automotive, semiconductor, pop music. It's just a matter of time before BLACKPINK get their knickers sued off by the likes of Paula Abdul. BP's plagiarism (among other things) makes me sick.
Plagiarism is completely seperate from intellectual monopoly. Plagiarism is about deceitfully taking credit for things that one did not really do. Intellectual monopolies are about forbidding people to use their own property or skills based on what abstract concepts those skills or that property enbodies. One can violate any of those 2 without violating the other. I never thought much about plagiarism, but my gut reaction is to dislike it; same as most people.