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Songwriter Sues Anna Kournikova

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Songwriter Christopher Swann sued Anna Kournikova and Lions Gate Entertainment in Federal Court on Monday, claiming they used two of his songs without permission on the DVD, "A Date With Anna."

Swann says he recorded the album "Black Swann" in 1999, containing the two songs at issue, "If I Die" and "Only Your Eyes Can Tell."

He says Mossberg contacted him in April 2003 and asked to use the tunes on the DVD, "A Date With Anna." Swann says he refused, more than once, because of problems with the price and "other unacceptable clauses". But he claims that in February 2006, he found the DVD in a San Diego video store, and that it contained 22 minutes of his copyrighted works.

He demands an accounting and punitive damages.

He is represented by Lisa Cervantes of Santa Monica.

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