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A Cuban Singer Is Suing Carlos Vives And Shakira For Allegedly Plagiarizing Part Of His Song

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Carlos Vives and Shakira have enjoyed some serious success with their single “La Bicicleta.” Last summer, the song hit number one on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. Earlier this year, it won Tropical Song of the Year and Video of the Year at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards. But a Cuban musician is calling a line of the song into question and claiming he was plagiarized. According to Billboard, Livan Rafael Castellanos, who’s stage name is Livam, is suing Vives, Shakira, and 11 other people and agencies because of one line that was plagiarized. The line in question: “Yo te quiero tanto.”

According to the BBC, Livam filed a lawsuit in February after both parties failed to come to a settlement in October of 2016. The lawsuit, which was filed in Shakira’s country of residence, Spain, claims that Vives’ and Shakira’s “que te sueño y que te quiero tanto” was taken from Livam’s “yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto.”

A rep for Shakira and Vives released a statement to Billboard denying any wrongdoing: “‘La Bicicleta’ is a completely original work and they adamantly reject any allegation to the contrary.”

This isn’t the first time that Shakira has been accused of plagiarism. Back in 2006, Puerto Rican singer Jerry Rivera reportedly claimed Shakira used the horn riff from his song “Amores Como El Nuestro” throughout her hit single “Hips Don’t Lie.” Dominican songwriter Ramon “Arias” Vasquez also claimed that Shakira, El Cata and Sony copied his song when they recorded “Loca.” Vasquez’s case, which went to trial, fell apart when it was discovered that his proof, a cassette tape with song, was a fake.

Check out the two songs below and decide for yourself. Here is “La Bicicleta.”

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And here’s “Yo Te Quiero Tanto” by Livam:

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Video Game Puts U.S. Forces Against Drug Cartels In Bolivia's Backyard, And Real Life Bolivia Ain't Havin' It

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Video Game Puts U.S. Forces Against Drug Cartels In Bolivia’s Backyard, And Real Life Bolivia Ain’t Havin’ It

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Bolivia has been taken over by the Santa Blanca cartel, led by the notorious El Sueño, turning the entire country into one big narco state. U.S. forces have been deployed to take on the criminal drug traffickers in Bolivia. The whole chaotic affair is a war of guns and religion. That’s just part of the story for the upcoming “Ghost Recon: Wildlands,” a video game developed by France-based Ubisoft. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, this storyline might be a little too real for Bolivia.

Earlier this week, the Bolivian government filed an official complaint with the French Embassy over Ubisoft’s “Ghost Recon: Wildlands.”

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In a statement to the press, Bolivia’s Interior Minister Carlos Romero warned that Ubisoft could face legal action if the French government does not intervene diplomatically on the country’s behalf. Carlos Romero told Reuters, “We have the standing to [take legal action], but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation.”

Bolivian officials are concerned that the game paints Bolivia in a negative light.

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The country has reason for concern. Bolivia, as Reuters reported, is the one of the world’s leading cocaine manufacturers.

Ubisoft says that Bolivia was chosen as a setting due to its beauty and culture.

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From the beginning, Ubisoft has maintained that “Ghost Recon” is a “work of fiction.” After Bolivia filed its complaint, Polygon reports, Ubisoft responded with a statement:

‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ is a work of fiction, similar to movies or TV shows. Like all Tom Clancy’s games from Ubisoft, the game takes place in a modern universe inspired by reality, but the characters, locations and stories are all fantasies created solely for entertainment purposes. Bolivia was chosen as the background of this game based on its magnificent landscapes and rich culture. While the game’s premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country’s beautiful topography…

So far the French embassy in La Paz, Boliva’s capital, has not responded to the Bolivian official’s request.

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Bolivian officials have not clarified what legal action they will pursue should France fail to respond. “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” is currently scheduled for a March 7th release.


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