Damages have yet to be fixed
A federal judge in New York has found that the Spanish-language version of Shakira’s hit song ‘Loca’ breaks copyright laws.
The song, which has sold millions of copies since its 2010 release, was found to indirectly infringe on a song by Dominican singer Roman Arias Vazquez, the BBC reports.
Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Tuesday that ‘Loca’ was based on a song by Dominican rapper El Cata, which in turn resembled Vazquez’s 1990s song ‘Loca con su Tiguere.’
El Cata, whose real name is Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, denies the resemblance, the BBC says.
Damages for the plaintiff, Mayimba Music, haven’t yet been determined.
The English version of ‘Loca’ was “not offered into evidence” at the trial.