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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shakira's hit song 'Loka' broke copyright law, New York Judge rules

Shakira's hit song 'loka' broke copyright law, New York Judge rulesShakira's hit song 'loka' broke copyright law, New York Judge rules

Judge Alvin Hellerstein, a New York judge has found that the hit song performed by pop star Shakira and sold more than five million copies was copied from another songwriter's work, a New York judge has found.  The singer-songwriter's Spanish-language version of Loca, released in 2010, infringed a song by Dominican singer Ramon Arias Vazquez, according to the Judge.  The song topped Billboard Magazine's Latin charts.

It was a collaboration with Dominican rapper Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, known as El Cata – and was widely released as a single around the world.  In a ruling on Tuesday, Judge Hellerstein said that the hit single had been based on an earlier version of a song recorded by Bello, El Cata, which had been copied from Arias Vasquez's original song.

'There is no dispute that Shakira's version of the song was based on Bello's version,' wrote the judge in his ruling.
'Accordingly, I find that, since Bello had copied Arias, whoever wrote Shakira's version of the song also indirectly copied Arias,' he concluded. 
Ramon Arias Vazquez penned his song Loca con su Tiguere in the 1990s, but Bello denied copying it.  Vasquez says he wrote and recorded the song after his sister had been caught up in a love triangle between a wealthy man and her boyfriend, a 'Tiguere' — Dominican slang for 'street tough'.  The singer-songwriter said he performed the song for rapper Bello in 2006 or 2007 when they met outside a rehearsal studio in the hope that he would record it.

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