shakiraA legal win for Shakira!

She was sued for copying her hit single “Loca” – but on Monday a U.S. judge said songwriter Ramon Arias Vasquez had lied to the court and the cassette tape on which his claims were based is a fake.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said:

“There was a basic issue of fraud in the trial.”

On Monday, Hellerstein said new Sony evidence offered “competent and substantial proof” that the cassette on which Arias allegedly recorded the song, which had been used to register a U.S. copyright, was not made in 1998 as claimed. As a result, he said, the copyright is invalid.

The judge said he had lost faith in Arias’ testimony. He noted the photo on the cassette’s cover depicts an adult man named Jhoan Gonzalez. Gonzalez was born in 1989, and would have been only 9 years old if the tape was made, as claimed, in 1998.

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