Lady Gaga Victorious in Lawsuit Against Moshi Monster Character Lady Goo Goo
Posted on October 14, 2011
Lady Gaga went to court to get a court injunction to prevent the release of music by Lady Goo Goo, a Moshi Monster character. MoshiMonsters.com is an online world of adoptable pet monsters for kids aged 6-12. Lady Gaga was successful in preventing the virtual pet monster from releasing its own music.
The injunction granted to Lady Gaga prevents Mind Candy, the company behind Moshi Monsters, from "promoting, advertising, selling, distributing or otherwise making available to the public The Moshi Dance OR any musical work or video which purports to be performed by a character by the name of Lady Goo Goo, or which otherwise uses the name Lady Goo Goo or any variant thereon."
Michael Acton Smith, founder and CEO of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters, said in a statement, "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."
Mindy Candy removed a video from YouTube, called The Moshi Dance, following the court's decision. The BBC reports that Mind Candy may decide to change the name of the character.