Shakira defends her song against plagiarism in Spanish court

Colombian singers Shakira, right, and Carlos Vives, background, arrive at a Madrid court on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Shakira defends her song against plagiarism in Spanish court

MADRID: Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives have appeared in a Madrid court to answer allegations by a Cuban-born singer and producer that they plagiarized his work in their award-winning hit “La Bicicleta.”
Shakira smiled as she entered the court in downtown Madrid on Wednesday. She didn’t answer reporters’ questions.
Shakira and Vives have previously rejected the allegations by Livan Rafael Castellanos that “La Bicicleta” — which means “The Bicycle” in English — contains lyrics, rhythm and melody similar to those of his 1997 song, “Yo te quiero tanto.”
“La Bicicleta” won two of the three biggest Grammy Latino awards for 2016, including song and record of the year.
Vives told reporters he welcomed the chance to clear his name.


Netflix buys rights to ‘Seinfeld’

Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards star in Seinfeld. (AFP)
Updated 17 September 2019

Netflix buys rights to ‘Seinfeld’

NEW YORK: Streaming giant Netflix said Monday it had acquired the global rights to popular American sitcom “Seinfeld” from 2021 —  a feather in its cap as the battle among online video platforms for coveted content heats up.

The company did not reveal the value of the transaction.

But the move was a bit of a rebound for Netflix, which has lost the rights to “Friends” from next year and to the American version of “The Office” from 2021 — the two most-watched series it has on offer.

The digital broadcast rights to “Seinfeld” have been held by Hulu, a Disney subsidiary, since 2015.