Lady Gaga’s ‘Judas’ Didn’t Rip Off Songwriter’s ‘Juda,’ Federal Judge Rules

June 18, 2014 8:01 PM

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A federal judge has dismissed a Chicago singer-songwriter’s claim that Lady Gaga’s “Judas” was an infringing copy of her song “Juda.”

U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen, in a summary judgment ruling issued on Tuesday, said that Rebecca Francescatti’s “Juda” lacked substantial similarity to Gaga’s work, the threshold for proving a copyright infringement claim. “Judas” was a hit single on Gaga’s “Born This Way” album, released in 2...

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