Judge rules Shakira's 'Loca' was ripped off of 1998 song 'Loca con su Tiguere' by Dominican songwriter

By Gina DiFalco,

A judge has ruled Shakira’s “Loca” has violated a copyright law and was copied from a 1998 song called “Loca con su Tiguere” by Dominican songwriter Ramon Arias Vasquez.

Vasquez didn’t file the lawsuit, however, and Shakira hasn’t been named. Instead, the music publisher that owns the rights to the song, Mayimba Music, sued Shakira’s record company, Sony ATV.

According to the Daily News, Judge Alvin Hellerstein found “Loca” to be an “illegal copy” of the song and set a trial for later this year.

In 2006 or 2007, Vasquez had played the song for rapper Eduard (El Cata) Bello, who then took it over as his own song. Years later, Bello redid the song with Shakira and Pitbull and it was put on her album Sale el Sol in 2010.

The Hollywood Reporter reports Shakira’s song was released in both Spanish and English, but the lawsuit focused on the Spanish copyright.

Sony Corporation and Sony Music parent companies were dismissed, but SonyATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos are still on the hook.

image via INFphoto.com

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