Lady Gaga Nailed With IP Suit Over 'Judas'

Law360, New York (August 3, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT) -- Stefani Germanotta, better-known as the pop star Lady Gaga, was hit Wednesday in Illinois federal court with a copyright suit claiming that her hit song “Judas” contains musical compositions copied from a Chicago musician's song “Juda.”

Rebecca Francescatti alleges that sound engineer Brian Gaynor of DJ White Shadow LLC copied the arrangement of her song and used it to to help Germanotta create “Judas” with the backing of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Universal Music Group Inc.

“To the untrained ear, the music underlying what we...
To view the full article, register now.




Case Information

Case Title

Francescatti v. Germanotta et al

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit



Honorable Marvin E. Aspen

Date Filed

August 3, 2011

Law Firms


Government Agencies

Law360 Pro Say Podcast
Check out Law360's new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law.