People Staff
May 23, 2007 AT 02:15 PM EDT

Luis Miguel doesn’t plan to take the plagiarism lawsuit against him lying down. After a federal judge found him responsible of moral damages for unauthorized use of the song “Amarte Es Un Placer” (“It’s a Pleasure to Love You”), the singer’s lawyers filed an appeal, according to Mexico’s Reforma newspaper.

On April 23rd, the judge presiding over the case ordered the 36-year-old performer and Warner Music to pay a still undecided amount for damages to Marcos Lifshitz, who wrote the song in question. But the order won’t go into effect, pending the appeal filed by Luis Miguel’s lawyers in civil court, which could take up to three months.

The case of unauthorized use of material against the singer has been dragging for about seven years, after Marcos Lifshitz claimed that the song “Amarte Es Un Placer” is based on “Siento Nuestro Aliento” (“I Feel Our Breath”) which he copyrighted in Mexico in March of 1997. He claims he sent it to the offices of Warner Music in 1999, but that he never heard back from them.

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