Shakira Hit Song Loca Breaks Copyright Laws

Colombian singer and composer Shakira‘s 2010 hit song Loca is an illegal copy of a tune written by a Dominican musician in 1998, a US judge has said in a copyright trial. Hit song Loca became a hot sinle being sold five million copies that whoever wrote it reproduced parts of 1990’s track according to source.

In a 40-page ruling on Wednesday, Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the song was a duplication of one written by singer and composer Ramon Arias Vasquez, known as Arias.

Shakira World Cup Brazil Final
Shakira preforms during the closing ceremony during the 2014 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Ian Macnicol/Getty Images

Arias testified that he wrote the song between 1996 and 1998, and he even sang it in the courtroom. Evidences were presented at the trial including a cassette tape recorded in his version.

The song became a hottest single in the Dominican Republic when it was later performed by another singer, Eduard Edwin Bellou Pou, also known as “El Cata”, in 2007. This singer, who works for Sony, said at the time he had composed the song.

Mayimba Music, which had the rights to the songs of Arias, had filed a suit against Sony Corp of America and other units of Sony in 2012 for copyright violation.