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Rebecca Francescatti, Chicago Musician, Claims Lady Gaga Stole Her Song (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 8/5/11 11:51 AM ET Updated: 8/5/11 11:51 AM ET

A Chicago musician is suing one-woman international pop empire Lady Gaga for copyright infringement because she claims that Gaga, with help from a sound engineer that worked with both performers, borrowed a bit too much inspiration from her own song titled "Juda," which she created for her band Rebecca F. & the Memes, in the making of her similarly titled mega-hit single "Judas."

In her lawsuit [PDF], the musician, Rebecca Francescatti, names Gaga, along with Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, DJ White Shadow and sound engineer Brian Joseph Gaynor as participants in creating the single "Judas," a song which bares "a substantial similarity" to "Juda" because Gaga allegedly "copied and incorporated substantial, original portions" of the work, though it was previously copyrighted and recorded with Gaynor. Francescatti is now seeking a cut from the profits "Judas" has earned.

According to NBC Chicago, Gaynor told Francescatti that he was working with Gaga on her latest album, "Born This Way," and said he had provided several songs to her. Additionally, Francescatti's complaint claims that Gaynor told her he "[p]layed bass, keys, co-wrote, engineered, and co-produced" three tracks on Gaga's latest.

Despite this link between the two songs, Francescatti's attorney, Christopher Niro, told NBC Chicago he did not see the case as one that will be easily won.

"These lawsuits are not resolved quickly, but it's a way for artists like my client to knock on the doors of the high and mighty," Niro told NBC.

According to FOX Chicago, Gaga's record company has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

In addition to her time playing with her band, Francescatti also was formerly an faculty member at Robert Morris College, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Listen to a sample of Francescatti's "Juda" here, take a look at Gaga's take, and vote in our poll below.

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In making "Judas," did Gaga borrow more than just the title of this Chicago musician's song?

Yes, could it be more obvious?

No. Just like in Scrabble, the points still count even when you just add an "s."

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A Chicago musician is suing one-woman international pop empire Lady Gaga for copyright infringement because she claims that Gaga, with help from a sound engineer that worked with both performers, borr...
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CaroleK1970
I want my country forward
06:34 PM on 8/08/2011
no similariti­es at all, ridiculous lawsuit
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mediamarv
1-2-3 Is this thing working?
01:58 PM on 8/08/2011
the single "Judas," a song which bares "a substantia­l similarity­"

"bares?" Someone flunked English 101.
"bears" a similarity is the usual usage.
You're welcome.
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thundermummy
my micro-bio is empty
07:45 PM on 8/07/2011
I listened to both songs carefully and came to the conclusion that both were boring.
11:09 PM on 8/06/2011
I don't hear any similarity whatsoever­, and I'm TRYING to
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Andra Claudia Garcia
Avant-Garde Journalist
07:28 PM on 8/06/2011
maybe not so much GAGA, but more Gaynor is the culprit.
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Bill J4321
01:18 PM on 8/06/2011
My deaf younger brother thinks they sound exactly the same.
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Matt Chernesky
17 Year Old Little Gay Monster on HuffPost
12:23 PM on 8/06/2011
Uhm, def not. Rebecca, stop trying to be an attention hog.
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12:03 PM on 8/06/2011
Could she be anymore blatantly a Madonna copycat (not "borrowing­")? And not as good.
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Bill J4321
01:18 PM on 8/06/2011
I don't think a pop star who used to go out in public styled and coiffed as Marilyn Monroe gets to care when someone else copies her.
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CaroleK1970
I want my country forward
06:35 PM on 8/08/2011
brilliant reply. additional­ly, gaga can play piano and sing. thats hardly copying!
02:14 AM on 8/06/2011
Lady G does not have to steal anything from anyone, although she acknowledg­es homage to Madonna, Grace Jones, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. This other woman is just trying to get some publicity for herself. Just adds to the Gaga takeover of our culture.
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blurredmolly
Was you ever bit by a dead bee?
10:22 AM on 8/06/2011
Not my culture.
11:02 AM on 8/06/2011
http://jjs­­tratford.­b­logspot.­co­m/2011/­03/­lady-g­aga-­is-no­-tetr­a.ht­ml
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Esmerelda Foofypants
Corporate feudalism can suck it.
06:09 PM on 8/05/2011
I listened and couldn't hear any similariti­es at all, not even tiny ones. I did only listen to the sample, though, so maybe there's something in the full-lengt­h version to justify the claims. Anyone hear the whole thing? I didn't like it enough to feel interested in purchasing it.
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Israelibabs
Artist Tribally Speaking
05:29 PM on 8/05/2011
It's not the first time she's been accused of borrowing from other artists.
05:13 PM on 8/05/2011
Maybe I listened to the wrong song she is accused of stealing - not even close.
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Politidelic
Uncle Jam wants you!
05:05 PM on 8/05/2011
grasping at straws there rebecca. i listened to both and don't think she has a chance to win that one.
05:03 PM on 8/05/2011
This happens all the time. Not really news worthy at all.

This one isn't even as close as the complaint against Coldplay for Viva La vida.
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Brian Gorrell
Drunk crying is so very 80's
04:59 PM on 8/05/2011
Lady Gaga would NEVER STEAL!
She has talent to spare.
Maybe she can lend some to her accuser.
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aurora59
Sarcasm: just one of the many services we offer
05:12 PM on 8/05/2011
What's bizarre is, people don't get that her video, "Born That Way", was a PARODY of Madonna, not an attempt to steal from her. That bit at the end of Gaga with the gap in her front teeth, is a dead giveaway that she's making fun of, not copying Madonna.
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Esmerelda Foofypants
Corporate feudalism can suck it.
06:10 PM on 8/05/2011
I kind of pegged it as homage more than mockery, but yeah, the tribute (or whatever you want to call it) was clearly very deliberate­, as opposed to copying someone and hoping no one notices.
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blurredmolly
Was you ever bit by a dead bee?
10:23 AM on 8/06/2011
Seriously?