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Singer Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Getty)

Singer Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Getty)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A Chicago woman filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Lady Gaga and DJ White Shadow LLC claiming they stole her song “Juda” and changed the title to “Judas” for Lady Gaga’s 2011 album “Born This Way.”

Rebecca Francescatti, of the band “Rebecca F. & the Memes,” claims Lady Gaga stole her song “Juda” for her 2011 album “Born This Way,” according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court.

The suit claims Francescatti — a former adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris College — copyrighted “Juda” in June 1999 and recorded the song with Brian Joseph Gaynor — a bass player, sound engineer, mixer and original member of DJ White Shadow — in 2004 at Alien Studios.

In 2005, Gaynor engineered Francescatti’s album “It’s All About You,” which included the song “Juda,” according to the suit. Gaynor maintained master recordings of each of Francescatti’s songs.

The suit claims Gaynor told Francescatti in May 2010 that he played bass, keys co-wrote engineered and co-produced three tracks on “Born This Way.”

The copyright infringement suit claims Lady Gaga, Gaynor, DJ White Shadow LLC., Inerscope Records and Universal Music Group never sought or obtained Francescatti’s permission for the song. Francescatti is seeking unspecified monetary damages plus the cost of the suit.

Interscope Records and Universal Music Group said nobody was available to comment Wednesday afternoon. A representative from DJ White Shadow LLC. did not respond to a request for comment.

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