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Oh Gaga, when will you learn to stay out of trouble?

The legal drama is not over yet for Mother Monster. After battling allegations that she coveted proceeds from her “We Pray for Japan” charity bracelets and accusations of stealing Madonna’s hits, the pop star is now accused of plagiarizing “Judas.”

Rebecca Francescatti, who sings under the shorter stage name Rebecca F., just filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga in federal court, accusing her of blatantly plagiarizing her original song, a similiarly-titled 1999 song called “Juda.” According to her official lawsuit, Francescatti cites Lady Gaga, Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, DJ White Shadow and sound engineer Brian Joseph Gaynor for “copyright infringement.”

Rebecca’s lawyer, Chris Niro, told 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 is convinced that the similiarities between songs is not a coincidence, because her former bass player, Brian Gaynor, is now employed by a music company that wrote 17 songs on Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way.”

Francescatti is now seeking a cut from the profits “Judas” has earned. Meanwhile, Gaga’s record company has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

You can compare the two songs here:

Rebecca Francescatti’s “Juda”

Lady Gaga’s “Judas”


So is Rebecca F. a total attention-hog or is Lady Gaga a total rip-off? What do you collegiettes think? Let us know in the comments box!

Alexandra is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire and the current Assistant Digital Editor at Martha Stewart Living. As a journalism student, she worked as the Director of UNH’s Student Press Organization (SPO) and on staff for four student publications on her campus. In the summer of 2010, she studied abroad at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, in England, where she drank afternoon tea and rode the Tube (but sadly no, she did not meet Prince Harry). Since beginning her career, her written work has appeared in USA Today College, Huffington Post, Northshore, and MarthaStewart.com, among others. When not in the office, she can be found perusing travel magazines to plan her next trip, walking her two dogs (both named Rocky), or practicing ballet. Chat with her on Twitter @allie_churchill.
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