Shakira and Carlos Vives beat plagiarism case

“yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto” (I love you, I love you so much)

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Livan Rafael Castellanos had accused Shakira and Vives of plagiarizing his 1997 song “Yo te quiero tanto” in their award-winning hit “La Bicicleta.”

“I have nothing against Shakira, Vives or anybody else,” Livam told Associated Press. “It’s the law that needs to decide whether changing a song’s key is enough to make it different.”

Livam, who works in Madrid as a composer and producer, said his three-year-old daughter identified her dad’s melody in La Bicicleta when the family heard the hit on a radio during a beach holiday last summer.

A legal representative for Sony ATV Music Publishing in Spain, which represents Shakira and Castro, said the company couldn’t comment as it had not received notice of the lawsuit.

SGAE, the main society managing the rights of authors and publishers in Spain, said it had suspended the rights of the song following the association’s usual procedure when two of its members lodge a complaint.

This is not the first time Shakira has faced allegations of plagiarism.

In 2012, the Dominican singer and composer Ramón Arias Vásquez – known as Arias – accused the Colombian superstar of copying one of his compositions in her 2010 hit Loca.

Although a US judge initially ruled that Shakira’s song was indirectly copied from Arias’ song, he later dismissed the copyright infringement case on the grounds that Arias had lied to the court and that the cassette tape on which he had based his claims was a fake.

“It’s like they’re touching one of my children…they’re stealing from me.”

In ‘La Bicicleta,’ Vives and Shakira sing the Spanish generic phrase, ‘Que te sueño y te quiero tanto’ (I dream of you and I love you so much). In ‘Yo Te Quiero Tanto,’ Livam sings an equally generic phrase, ‘Yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto’ (I love you, I love you a lot).

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