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Lady Gaga wins Born This Way plagiarism case - report

Lady Gaga has reportedly won a court case in which she was accused of stealing imagery for her Born This Way album from a French artist.

French artist Orlan brought the suit against the pop star in June 2013 over the cover art for Gaga's 2011 hit album Born This Way and the music video for its eponymous single.


The 69-year-old artist, real name Mireille Suzanne Porte, sued Gaga for $31.7 million, or 7.5 per cent of the royalties from the single, which sold over eight million copies worldwide.


The lawsuit claimed that Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, had stolen concepts from two sculptures including a 1989 piece called Bumpload and Woman with Head from 1996.


Orlan's lawyers argued her work had been copied in the cover art and a scene in the single's video, in which severed heads appear on a table. The lawsuit also considered Gaga's reading out of The Manifesto of Mother Monster as a reference to Orlan's Manifeste de l'art charnel (Manifesto of Carnal Art).


However, Le Journal des Arts reports the Paris' High Court has rejected the plagiarism and infringement claims.


According to its English language sister paper The Art Newspaper, the court ruled an artistic installation cannot be reduced solely to its physical elements. In terms of the piece Bumpload, it stated the idea of transforming the human body into a hybrid being is a concept that should remain free, the publication reports.


The ruling also stated that Orlan must pay Lady Gaga and her record label $11,000 each, as dictated by France's legal code for civil proceedings.


In response to the decision, artist Orlan told Artnet News she intends to appeal the decision.