Lady Gaga Lady Goo Goo Lawsuit
Published: January 5, 2012
Lady Gaga Lady Goo Goo Lawsuit, Lady Gaga has won a court battle against the release of a single by a cartoon character called Lady Goo Goo.The U.S. star’s lawyers said fans would assume there was an official link between the Paparazzi singer and the nappy-wearing baby.Lady Goo Goo is one of the 52 characters on Moshi Monsters – a website that allows children to adopt and name creatures.
The singing infant became a YouTube sensation with tunes including one called ‘Peppy-razzi’.
But Lady Gaga was backed in the High Court when she won an injunction banning the release of the character’s new song called the Moshi Dance.
Justice Vos came down against Moshi creators Mind Candy in a day-long court hearing, ruling they must not distribute any more Lady Goo Goo tunes.
Moshi Monsters website has 50 million users worldwide and is a hugely successful UK company valued at £125 million. It has been dubbed ‘Facebook for Kids’.
Mind Candy founder Michael Acton Smith said: ‘This court ruling is a huge disappointment. It’s pretty obvious that kids will be able to tell the difference between the two characters.
‘The shame is that millions of kids fell in love with Lady Goo Goo’s debut single on YouTube and now won’t be able to enjoy her musical exploits.
‘It was all done in the name of fun and we would have thought that Lady Gaga could have seen the humour behind this parody.’
The Moshi Dance was to be released after becoming a YouTube sensation, racking up more than 3.5 million views, on the back of the huge success of the social network for kids.
The video eclipsed other YouTube videos by established big name stars like Leona Lewis and Pixie Lott.
Other musical characters on the website have spoof names of stars including Dustbin Beaver, 49 Pence and Broccoli Spears.
More than half of British six to 12-year-olds use the site, where they adopt and care for digital monsters known as moshlings and can message their friends.
The song – which fans have been able to download from iTunes since September 18 – was the first release on the Moshi Monsters own record label Moshi Monster.
The Moshi brand has branched out into other areas, spawning trading cards, comics, books and toys.
Oliver Smith, an intellectual property lawyer with Keystone Law, claimed the judgment was unlikely to set a precedent as it was only a temporary injunction.
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