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Joe Francis

Beats Madonna

2/27/2012 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe Francis has scored a victory against the likes of Madonna without ever having to set foot in a courtroom ... because she has changed the title of her new song "Girls Gone Wild" ... as well as its lyrics.

You may recall ... just before the Super Bowl, Joe and his lawyer David Houston fired off a cease and desist letter threatening Madge with legal action if she sang the song during her halftime performance, and also demanding that Madonna make things right on her new album.

Well, apparently Madonna and the record label, Interscope, have seen it Joe's way ... because we've learned they have agreed to change the song title to "GIRL Gone Wild."

We've tracked down the new art for the single ... and they've clearly taken the S out of "Girls" (below).

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The battle's been won ... but Joe tells TMZ, the war's not over -- "Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song ... BUT [the new title] is still infringement as far as the law is concerned, and we have been in touch with Madonna’s people in an effort to resolve this issue."

Joe says he'll pursue new legal action if the Madge squad doesn't make further changes to the title. 

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1.

Carl    

These days this is Joe's only way to make money. He's got debts you know!

971 days ago
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Shawn    

TMZ who gives a flying crap, and fire the guy who photoshopped angelina jolie, look at that picture to the right of this page LOL man you guys are desperate lately, still trying to put distance between you and that whitney story huh

971 days ago
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SheriHeinz88    

I personally like the song, first place I heard it was on the Twitter.com/girlsgonewild

971 days ago
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Fat Mike    

I wouldn't cross him. No-one has more experience in a courtroom than Joe Francis

971 days ago
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RaffyBStatenIsland    

I knew Madonna was a slut, a hack and a washed-up old bat, but I didn't know she was a plagiarist!

971 days ago
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CLINT    

What an ass. Made millions off of exploited young girls, (who put themselves in those positons to be exploited), and now he's boo-hooing about Madonna using three words. I would love to see this guy lose everything.

971 days ago
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Simmons    

Totally awesome! 100% support of this! Go Girls Gone Wild! Go Joe!

971 days ago
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karen dapello    

Yes, he has lots of experience in court alright. Guess he needs to drain Madonna's finances to pay off what he now owes Steve Wynn.

971 days ago
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karen dapello    

Joe Francis just needs to go away, what an asshat. Next thing, he'll be telling us he invented breasts.

971 days ago
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Zoey Ave    

dam is it me or is JOE FRANCIS SO HOTTTTTT! #TEAMJOEFRANCIS = Winning!

971 days ago
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SmartFoodPrincess    

I like the song too, but of course it violated their trademark (or copyright, or whatever). Everyone knows Girls Gone Wild belongs to Joe Francis. He has every right to protect it.

971 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Seriously Joe Francis needs to get over himself. And why is TMZ showing a picture of Francis with no shirt on?

971 days ago
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American Mom    

Why does he get to own words in the English language? They're for all of us. Freedom of Speech.

971 days ago
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Krista    

Don't push your luck buddy, I'm suprised you actually got her to change it in the first place.

971 days ago
15.

writenow    

Joe really blows.

971 days ago
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