On Aug. 18, U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hallerstein dismissed a 2012 lawsuit filed by indie publisher Mayimba Music against two Sony/ATV Latin music publishing divisions. The suit alleged Shakira’s 2010 hit “Loca,” which reached No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the tune that inspired it, Dominican singer El Cata’s “Loca Con Su Tiguere,” were illegal copies of a song (that bore the same title as El Cata’s) written by Ramon “Arias” Vasquez and allegedly recorded onto a cassette tape in 1998. In August 2014, that tape had prompted Hallerstein to rule in favor of Mayimba, but as this timeline shows, new evidence led the judge to reverse his decision.
Why Shakira's Copyright Infringement Suit Was Squashed