Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine were named Tuesday in a suit by a composer who claims the pop singer stole one of his songs.
Eddie Palmieri, a New York bandleader and songwriter, asks for $10 million in damages in the copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court.Palmieri alleges that portions of Estefan's 1989 song "Oye Mi Canto" were copied from his song "Paginas De Mujer," which was released on a Barbaro Record label in 1981.
A statement released by The Miami Sound Machine's office in Miami said the lawsuit was "without foundation whatsoever."
The lawsuit said Estefan and two band members, Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald, were falsely identified as the composers.
Palmieri's lawyer, Brian Caplan, said the similarities between the two songs included the words "oye mi canto," which Palmieri used in his song.