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Lady Gaga wants 'shh' in Chicago courtroom talk about alleged music theft

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Sure, Madonna and others have criticized Lady Gaga for stealing their sounds or looks in the past.

But this sound more serious.

Lady Gaga's attorneys want a federal judge in Chicago to quash portions of a courtroom discussion about whether she and Jennifer Lopez stole the same unlicensed music sample for songs they released in 2011, Chicago Tribune reports.

Lawyers for Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Germanotta, have filed a motion asking that parts of a transcript from a hearing in Chicago last month be redacted, saying the public discussion involved confidential matters that both parties agreed to keep secret.

The motion was filed in a 2011 lawsuit brought by Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti, who performs as Rebecca F and who claims Lady Gaga ripped off elements of her 1999 song "Juda" for Lady Gaga's 2011 hit "Judas." Both performers worked with recording engineer Brian Gaynor, who helped pitch ideas to Lady Gaga and is also being sued, Francescatti's attorneys said.

Lady Gaga came to Chicago in July during the Pitchfork Music Festival to be deposed for this case, said Francescatti's attorney Bill Niro. She was questioned for four hours at her attorney's offices, he said.

The singer and her record company have shown no interest in settling the case, Niro said. That could change if the lawsuit survives an expected motion asking a judge to dismiss the case.

The lawsuit has uncovered text messages between Lady Gaga and producer RedOne, whose real name is Nadir Khayat, that show Lady Gaga had also stolen another sample loop used in "Judas" and later in Lopez's song "Invading My Mind" without credit, Niro argued.

The texts and depositions from Lady Gaga and RedOne demonstrate that Lady Gaga knew she had stolen a sample for her hit "Judas" and, to cover her tracks, got Lopez to give her a producing credit on "Invading My Mind" even though Lady Gaga admitted she did no work on the track, Francescatti's attorneys said.

But Lady Gaga's attorney Catherine Spector told Judge Jeffrey Gilbert that Christopher Niro's theory "just doesn't really hold up from our perspective" and said allowing him access to records involving Lopez's work would be "far outside the bounds of discovery" in the case.

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[Source: Chicago Tribune]

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