Spanish court clears Shakira of plagiarism over La Bicicleta

A Spanish courtroom has cleared the Colombian superstars Shakira and Carlos Vives of accusations that they plagiarised a part of their Grammy award-winning hit L. a. Bicicleta.

Livan Rafael Castellanos, a Cuban singer referred to as Livam, had alleged that the music copied portions of the melody and lyrics from his personal track referred to as Yo te quiero tanto (I like you such a lot).

“There’s no plagiarism in any respect as claimed by means of the plaintiff on this lawsuit,” the industrial courtroom mentioned in its ruling on Thursday.

The song writer MDRB filed a grievance in 2017 within the Madrid courtroom on behalf of Livam. In March 2019, Shakira, 42, who lives in Barcelona, informed the courtroom she had by no means heard Livam’s track earlier than. Vives, 57, additionally mentioned he didn’t know the track or Livam.

L. a. Bicicleta” – The Bicycle – received two of the 3 greatest Latin Grammy awards for 2016, together with track and file of the 12 months.

Within the track, Shakira and Vives sing “que te sueno y que te quiero tanto” (I dream of you and love you such a lot), whilst Livam sings “yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto” (I like you, I like you such a lot).

However the courtroom dominated that the expression used to be “not unusual, utilized in all varieties of songs and lyrics, all the way through historical past”. It added that the melody, rhythm and team spirit had been other in each songs.

Shakira, who lives with the FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué and their two sons, is because of seem in courtroom once more in June for allegedly evading taxes of €14.5m (£12.7m), a rate she denies.

She is suspected of no longer paying taxes in Spain regardless of being a resident between 2011 and 2014, in step with prosecutors. Shakira transferred her reputable residency to Spain from the Bahamas in 2015, however prosecutors in Barcelona mentioned in 2018 that this didn’t “fit fact” along with her kids and spouse already in Barcelona.

Shakira’s representatives insist that till 2014 she earned maximum of her cash on world excursions and didn’t reside greater than six months a 12 months in Spain – a prerequisite to be a tax-paying resident within the nation.

Along with her mixture of Latin, Arab and rock influences, Shakira is without doubt one of the greatest stars from South The us, scoring primary world hits with songs corresponding to Hips Don’t Lie and Each time, Anywhere. She has bought greater than 60m data.

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