LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – El Señor de los Cielos is a new Telemundo telenovela with escándalo, deception, and willful acts. Such also describes the allegations in a new lawsuit brought against Telemundo about the show, LALATE can exclusively report.
El Señor de los Cielos (The Lord of the Skies) is a new tv telenovela led by Rafael Amaya in the title role as “El Señor”, Aurelio Casillas. The show is based upon Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a former cartel leader who would fly narcotics into the United States. The show debuted on April 15 to U.S. viewers in Spanish with English subtitles.
El Señor de los Cielos, however, is also the title of a 1998 song by Aristeo Flores. The song was copyrighted and published years before the Telenovela. Herein rests the controversy.
Flores claims that Telemundo “caused to be produced a video trailer … for the Program ..” which allegedly included a “full reproduction of the Copyrighted Works” allegedly without his permission. He claims the trailer promoting the new series ran on Telemundo.com, TV, and elsewhere for nine months featuring his entire song. He does not assert that the song has been used in the series, but only in the Trailer. His company is suing for willful copyright infringement. Telemundo has yet to respond to the matter.