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Shakira cleared of plagiarism after complaint from Cuban singer

Press Association logo Press Association 16/05/2019 By Associated Press Reporter
Shakira standing in front of a stage: Shakira at the O2 arena in London (Ian West/PA) © Ian West Shakira at the O2 arena in London (Ian West/PA)

A Spanish court has cleared Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives of a plagiarism claim after rejecting a lawsuit brought against them by a Cuban-born singer and producer.

The court in Madrid issued its ruling in favour of Shakira and Vives on Thursday.

Livan Rafael Castellanos had accused Shakira and Vives of plagiarising his 1997 song Yo Te Quiero Tanto in their award-winning hit La Bicicleta.

La Bicicleta won two of the three biggest Grammy Latino awards for 2016, including song and record of the year.

The ruling can be appealed against.

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