|Lady Gaga sued for copyright|
2011-08-05 by Jake C. Taylor CONTRIBUTOR | 61 Replies | 9680 Views
Pop mega star, Lady Gaga, is being sued over potential copyright infringement for her song “Judas” by the relatively unknown Chicago based songwriter Rebecca Francescatti who goes under the stage name “Rebecca F.”. It comes after discussions circulated earlier this year over the striking similarities between Gaga's track "Born This Way" and Madonna's "Express Yourself"
"Judas", which appears both in single format as well as on Gaga’s highly successful album Born This Way is being purported by Francescatti's defence as bearing both melodic and entitlement similarities with her own song "Juda", which first made appearance in 1999.
But the basis for the lawsuit stems not only from the assertion of sonic parallels, but largely from the collaborations each artist has had with sound engineer Brian Gaynor, who is claimed to be at the centre of the rip.
During 2005, Francescatti collaborated with Gaynor, who contributed to the mixdown of Francescatti's album It's All About You which itself featured a rerecorded version of "Juda" - Gaynor is noted upon information and belief to "not [be] a songwriter" during his time with Francescatti, according to the filed lawsuit. The document further goes onto elaborate Gaynor's role on Lady Gaga's latest studio album, where he "played bass, keys, co-wrote, and co-produc[ed] three tracks" as a member of the production house DJ White Shadow, which collectively contributed to the bulk of Born This Way's content.
Francescatti's attorney Christopher Niro told NBC Chicago that "The similarities of the work are too close to believe it’s a coincidence." He lacked optimism when asked of the about any potential resolutions stating, "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."
Francescatti and her defence are seeking all damages and loss of profits incurred as a result of the infringement from Gaga; Gaynor; the production house which employed Gaynor, DJ White Shadow; and the worldwide distributors of Gaga’s music, Interscope Records and Universal Music.
TMZ provide convenient A/B track samples so you may gauge the distinctions for yourself.
The full claim may be read here:
Im going to sue every band that sounds like every other band.
....like if one sounds like another idc who started it im just suing both
don't hear it at all, but they're both annoying as hell if that accounts for anything.
100% publicity stunt
Reminds me of the time I tried to sue the guy who stole "Hot Cross Buns" from me. That motherfucker drinks spiced buns through a straw now
Lol lady gaga
and consequently Lady Gaga's music video for "Judas" was removed from Youtube for copyright
the samples they posted sounded nothing alike
Madonna should sue
Digging: Barrow - Though I'm Alone
Talent should sue
yeah maybe i'm missing something but those two songs sound like polar opposites
the fuck, they sound nothing alike.
The problem may stem from the fact that the (30 sec) sample may not necessarily include what is being claimed as an infringement. Unfortunately these are the only samples provided thus far that I could find. If better examples come to light, I'll edit them in. Francescatti doesn't provide any sort of YouTube or other form of stream so it makes it a little more difficult.
"Francescatti and her defence are seeking all damages and loss of profits incurred as a result of the infringement from Gaga"
Seeing as how "Juda" has supposedly been around since 1999 and no one's heard of the song or the artist I'm waiting to see what outrageous cash sum this Francescatti and her lawyer are gonna whip out.
"1 billion dollars!"
it doesn't take a trained ear to know they don't sound similar at all. this idiotic woman just wants exposure for her uneventful musical career. da fuck?
I seem to have missed the part where they're similar in the slightest. Sounds like this "relatively unknown Chicago based songwriter" is out for her 15 minutes of fame...
don't hear it at all, but they're both annoying as hell if that accounts for anything. 
ha ha just trying to get attention. the pop-culture media will no doubt explode about this, if not give it air time and thats all that matter to miss.... i forgot her name. its too anoying to remember. Rebecca Black or something...
Hmm, what would the world be like without lawyers?
Digging: Marilyn Manson - Born Villain
lol they sound nothing alike, surprise surprise
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Now go kill yourself please.
Nice article, Jake
This will be interesting.
"'the pop-culture media will no doubt explode about this'"
I'll wrap my small intestines 'round my neck
And set fire to myself on stage
"Hmm, what would the world be like without lawyers?"
bands would have been ripped off more often by record companies thats for sure.
need to hear the full song before judging, but at the moment its like shes suing for similar circumstances surrounding the conception. if there is a bar hear or there where it is similar though, then lady gaga would prob pay her off coldplay style.
In other news:
Judas priest sue 3 inches of blood because they remotely sound like them
dude i could've sworn she was original right i mean the meat dress...
breaking news vanilla ice steals queen beat.
queen set an example with that one.
i'm surprised madonna didn't sue for born this way.
Digging: Waxahatchee - American Weekend
Can't really say I care. Don't dumb lawsuits happen all the time musicians and Hollywood stars?
nothing will ever top Sea Kittens.
Almost all pop musicians sound like crap, lets sue all of them
"A lot of people say that the songs might not sound the same at first blush, but when you look at the music and composition, it's otherwise," the lawyer says. "We've spoken to musicologists and other experts who examined the melody and tonal structure not only with the chorus line but throughout [and came to that conclusion]."
musicologists are the worst people in the world. they're paid to find connections between everything, be it purely melodic, rhythmic, or numerological and/or religious.
who gives a shit. honestly.
lol lady gaga 
Yeah, good luck with that lawsuit...
dude i could've sworn she was original right i mean the meat dress...this
was expecting even the slightest similarity to pop up while i listened,
nope...bitch just wants money from lady gaga, what a joke
hmm so if i can get joey sturgis to produce my band i can sue half the bands on rise yes?
Digging: Evenings - Yore
was it just me or did that gaga song sound strikingly similar to her own bad romance?
i really hope we look back in 5 years and have a good laugh about lady gaga
yeah, that would be an understandable reaction...
but what about looking back on j-biebs?
musical copyright infringement is a joke
Sounds like that Gaynor faggot (get it) should get sued, not Gaga.
Digging: Mayak and Smile To The Wind - Split EP
P.S., music snobs with bad tastes: Gaga is the shit.
hahahahaha dude seriously
There are deathcore bands that should be sued for being unoriginal too. I believe Emmure's Sound Wave Superior had hints of Carnifex and Whitechapel riffs. :/
This bitch wishes she sounded like Gaga!!!
Lady Gaga should die.
I opened this assuming that she had infringed upon Ke$ha's well documented copyright of bad from 2008.
Why isn't that being talked about?
This is fuckin retarded. This really shouldn't be a case at all. Or every deathcore band should sue eachother. Every pop/dance song is pretty much the same anyways. Lady GaGas "version" of Judas is totally better in my opinion. Not that it's just because I'm a fan, I just like it way better. Once again...a stupid case
First time I heard Judas I was like "hmm this sounds like that one Rebecca Francescatti song everyones always talking about"
i really hope we look back in 5 years and have a good laugh about lady gaga
If not, our kids will in 20 years.
"Yes, son, my generation did idolize someone who wore a dress made out of meat..."