Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) August 6, 2007
Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee has been sued for copyright infringement in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (CV07-5060 DDP (AGRx)). Victor M. Lopez, Jr., a Latin hip-hop songwriter and performer, alleges in the lawsuit that Daddy Yankee used a musical composition belonging to Lopez for use on ÂSalud Y Vida,Â a track on Daddy YankeeÂs breakthrough album ÂBarrio Fino.Â Daddy Yankee and the record companies that helped produce and distribute his album, including Universal Music, also included LopezÂs musical composition on a DVD, a music video, and other products.
According to LopezÂs lawyers, Peter Afrasiabi and Chris Arledge of the law firm Turner Green Afrasiabi & Arledge LLP, the defendantsÂ theft of LopezÂs music is particularly shocking in light of the fact that there is no dispute as to LopezÂs authorship. Indeed, the album cover for ÂBarrio FinoÂ gives Lopez songwriting credit.
ÂDaddy YankeeÂs representatives tried to negotiate a deal with Lopez to include the song on the ÂBarrio FinoÂ album, but when negotiations broke down, they simply used the composition without permission,Â explained Afrasiabi.
According to Arledge, Lopez intends to recover copyright infringement damages from Daddy Yankee, all of the record companies involved in the project, and the retailers and others who have profited from LopezÂs allegedly stolen work.
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