"All pending motions are DENIED AS MOOT (sic). The Clerk is instructed to CLOSE this case,” wrote U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams in a decision dated Aug. 6, referring to a complaint originally filed by Newton Cortes on July 8, 2019.
In his suit, Cortes alleged that the lyrics to "Despacito," which is one of the greatest hits of all time and whose video is the most-viewed in YouTube history, infringed the lyrics to his song "Despasito," registered in 2006. Cortes’ lawsuit sought 20% of the royalties generated from the song, plus $50,000 "as compensation for the unauthorized use" of his work, and statutory damages of $150,000. Cortes alleged that the shared title, plus similar use of some words and short phrases and a similar word count, among other factors, indicated infringement.