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!