Court Should Eye Liability 1st In Lady Gaga IP Suit: UMG

Law360, New York (October 27, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT) -- Lady Gaga's record label, UMG Recordings Inc., on Wednesday denied that the pop star's hit song "Judas" copied another singer's work, and asked an Illinois federal judge to bifurcate the case so that the liability and damages issues are litigated separately.

Plaintiff Rebecca Francescatti recorded a song called "Juda" in 1999, and claims that her former sound engineer Brian Gaynor later worked with Lady Gaga and used Francescatti's song as the basis for "Judas."

According to UMG, Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, has...
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