Shakira Loses Lawsuit…Maybe ‘Her Hips Do Lie’
This week (Aug. 19) Shakira’s record company lost a copyright infringement lawsuit. A New York federal judge ruled that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for stealing a song from the former ‘Voice’ mentor’s ‘Loca’ 2010 album. The song was ‘Sale el Sol.’
After conducting a bench trial the judge ruled in favor of a Dominican Republic songwriter named Ramon ‘Arias’ Vasquez.’ According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arias in the mid-1990s composed ‘Loca con su Tiguera.’ Rights to the song were transferred to Mayimba Music, the plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Shakira’s version of the song featured Bello singing portions. The song was released both in Spanish and English, but the copyright lawsuit mainly focused on the Spanish version. As a result, the judge dismissed the Sony Corporation and Sony Music parent companies from the lawsuit, but not SonyATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos, which distributed Shakira’s Spanish version of “Loca” in the United States.