Judge: Shakira’s Hit Song ‘Loca’ Ripped Off From Dominican Songerwriter’s Work

it’s not the first time Shakira and company copy somebody’s music





It was an international hit in 2010, but a federal judge has found that pop singer Shakira’s Spanish-language single “Loca” was copied from another songwriter’s work.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that the Colombian singer’s song infringed on the work of Dominican songwriter Ramon Arias Vasquez, who wrote “Loca con su Tiguera” in the late 1990s.

While the song was released in both Spanish and English, the copyright lawsuit focused mainly on the Spanish version. As a result, Hellerstein dismissed the claims against the English-language track, citing lack of evidence.

Mayimba Music, which holds the rights to Vasquez’s song, sued Sony Corp and several other Sony subsidiaries in 2012. The judge found only two of them liable, Sony/ATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos, for distributing Shakira’s song in Spanish.

Hellerstein said Shakira’s single was based on a 2007 song by Dominican rapper Edwin Bello Pou, better known as El Cata, which also copied Arias and was distributed by Sony

According to THR, Vazquez testified he had written the song in the 1990s after being inspired by his sister’s relationship with a street tough guy. He told the court that about eight years ago he met Pou and showed him two of his songs, including “Loca con su Tiguera.”

Pou denied this happened and said the song was his, inspired by his relationship with his ex-wife. He recorded the song and it made him famous

Hellerstein found that Vazquez’s version and Pou’s song have a similar structure and both are driven by hooks framing one long verse.

“These hooks play a similar function in both songs,” he wrote in his findings. “Similar rhythm in both hooks drive the songs. The repetitions are slightly different, but the differences do not affect the song.”

Although Shakira’s version uses the word “tigre” (tiger) instead of “tiguere,” which is Dominican slang to be tough street guy, Hellerstein said the meaning was the same.

The judge said because Shakira’s version is based on Pou’s song, who copied Arias’ work, “whoever wrote Skakira’s version of the song also indirectly copied Arias.”

Damages and a permanent injunction requested by the Mayimba against Sony will be determined at a later date.



Women only tv company self destructs over petty female infighting

Over in one corner sat Alice, a strong-minded 27-year-old who always said what she thought, regardless of how much it might hurt someone else. In the other corner was Sarah, a thirtysomething high-flier who would stand up for herself momentarily – then burst into tears and run for the ladies.

Their simmering fight lasted hours, egged on by spectators taking sides and fuelling the anger. Sometimes other girls would join in, either heckling aggressively or huddling defensively in the toilets. It might sound like a scene from a tawdry reality show such as Big Brother, but the truth is a little more prosaic: it was just a normal morning in my office.

The venomous women were supposedly the talented employees I had headhunted to achieve my utopian dream – a female- only company with happy, harmonious workers benefiting from an absence of men.

It was an idealistic vision swiftly shattered by the nightmare reality: constant bitchiness, surging hormones, unchecked emotion, attention-seeking and fashion rivalry so fierce it tore my staff apart.

When I read the other day that Sienna Miller had said there was no such thing as ‘the Sisterhood’, I knew what she meant.

I can understand why people want to believe that women look out for each other – because with men in power at work and in politics, it makes sense for us to stick together.

In fact, there was a time when I believed in the Sisterhood – but that was before women at war led to my emotional and financial ruin.

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As an Asian American, I Care About Ferguson and Race Relations

In the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to listen, observe, and amplify the voices of African Americans. As an Asian American woman, I don’t know firsthand what it’s like to befollowed around by security while shopping or to be stopped by police while jogging in an unfamiliar neighborhood. But I do know that racism is real, and I’ve also familiar the blank stares and disbelief from people who have not personally experienced the effects of racial discrimination.