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LADY GAGA SUED

Accused of Ripping Off 'Judas'

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8/5/2011 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lady Gaga Judas
Lady Gaga
's hit song "Judas" is a total rip-off of a 1999 song called "Juda" ... so says a singer named Rebecca Francescatti ... who just filed a lawsuit against Gaga in federal court.

Rebecca claims the similarities between the two songs are NOT a coincidence ... because her former bass player -- Brian Gaynor -- is now employed by a music company that wrote 17 songs on Gaga's recent "Born This Way" album.

Rebecca's lawyer, Chris Niro, tells TMZ, "Though the songs are different styles, the composition is the same and the chorus is the same melody ... [Rebecca] is seeking recognition for what she created."

Francescatti, who sings under the name Rebecca F., is suing for unspecified damages. 

We called Lady Gaga's camp for comment ... no word back so far.

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REBECCA'S SONG



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121.

finka    

There is no way this song is a rip off! What the hell ever. I doubt the name Rebecca Francescatti rings a bell at all for Gaga listeners......and listen to it. It sounds nothing like it at all nor means the same.

1083 days ago
122.

Crady    

"Lazy Gag Gag" looks exactly like "Paris" from the South Park "Stupid Spoiled Wh*re Video Playset" episode. I keep expecting her to cough up some c**. Puke.

1083 days ago
123.

Azzkicker    

Of course she ripped her off; it's all she knows how to do, so what else is new. If lady gagme had an original thought go through her head, it would be the shortest trip in the world...

1083 days ago
124.

paul    

Born this Way was a Dusty Springfield song that she ripped also! I guess when your dead and a song is old someone else can make millions on it without saying whos song it really was!!

1083 days ago
125.

fghn    

what does it matter anyways, Gaga has tons of money from all the things she does, she has the money for it and this sue probably won't even effect all the other wads of cash she has...

1083 days ago
126.

Sean    

Your kidding right? They sound nothing alike ...

1083 days ago
127.

sasalol    

what whoever accused her is dumb in the head

1083 days ago
128.

Chan    

It's not, duhhhhh.

1083 days ago
129.

Susan    

I think it's possible that the musician who worked with Rebecca (and who now works with Gaga) might have vaguely remembered a tune he worked on with another musician and accidentally incorporated some elements of the 17 year-old song into the new work. Perhaps Rebecca does deserve some credit, but it is the musician who gave the vaguely remembered tune to Gaga (helped her shape it) who should be held responsible if he told Gaga it was something he brought to the table explicitly, especially if he didn't remember where he got the song's similarities. However, if they deliberately took the song thinking no one would notice, then they should both be held responsible unless something can be proven otherwise.

1083 days ago
130.

joecrabs    

They sound nothing alike, but Gaga's song makes me want to vomit. Mix in a real musical instrument, and lay off the over-dubs.

1083 days ago
131.

Albert    

Rebecca Francescatti is a S-tupid B-itch that just want to get some money and fame her song is nothing alike GaGa's this is just crazy
FOR GOD'S SAKE!

1083 days ago
132.

Monica    

I'm no fan of Gaga, or anyone who comes out with this type of "music", but these two songs sound nothing like each other. Seriously.

1083 days ago
133.

Skitz15k    

AND WHAT IF SHE COPIES!? is the world going to end? NO!!! those two songs do not sound the same at all, but you all can say whatever you like. If I copy my friend will I be in trouble? NO!, if I copy my friend's hand writting will I die? NO! So why does it F*****G matter!? Rebecca get back to the kitchen were you belong and make me a sandwich! Get to work and stop trying to get money out of celebrities! (no offense to women).

1083 days ago
134.

HAHAHA    

WHAT?
Really TMZ...
Normally you are good about keeping a level headed report, but c'mon? Who wrote this after hearing the two songs and thought that it should be presented in the way that it was?
This report should zone in more on the girl "Rebecca" who is trying to suck up whatever she has left from her career that obviously died at infancy because I have never heard of her nor that song.
Also, "company that wrote 17 songs on Gaga's recent "Born This Way" album" is disinfo and incorrect. You don't have to be a fan of Lady GaGa, only kept up on modern music news to know that she writes all of her music. She was writing music for Britney Spears and others before even having a career of her own.
If you want to be journalists, and not just grade school **** starters, write truth where truth is deserved.

1083 days ago
135.

CJ Laity    

Doesn't sound AT ALL the same, WTF

1083 days ago
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