Singer successfully bans Moshi Monsters parody from performing online
Goo Goo, a character in the children’s social network game Moshi Monsters, became popular earlier this year after releasing a music video called ‘The Moshi Dance’ as well as a spoof of Gaga’s single ‘Paparazzi’ titled ‘Peppy-razzi’.
Moshi Monsters’ parent company Mind Candy had planned to release the track on iTunes, but Gaga took legal action and has successfully obtained an injunction banning the song from being played on YouTube or offered for sale, reports The Guardian.
On Monday (October 10), the High Court‘s Justice Vos ruled that the character could still appear in the Moshi Monsters game, but Mind Candy are now prohibited from “promoting, advertising, selling, distributing or otherwise making available to the public The Moshi Dance or any musical work or video that purports to be performed by a character by the name of Lady Goo Goo, or that otherwise uses the name Lady Goo Goo or any variant thereon”.
Michael Acton Smith, founder and chief executive of Mind Candy, described the verdict as a “huge disappointment”. He said: “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.”
He went on to add:
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.
According to lawyers involved in the case, the ruling could set a precedent in the use of trademark law. Alastair Shaw, of legal firm Hogan Lovells, said: “Tribute bands and parody songs have been around for years but what this case shows is the potential power of registered trademark law to put a stop to some of their activities.”
Earlier this year, Lady Gaga threatened legal action against the Icecreamists parlour after they named their controversial breast milk ice cream ‘Baby Gaga’.
Last month, meanwhile, she reportedly filed a lawsuit against a cosmetics company for apparently attempting to trademark her name without her permission.
The singer recently admitted she is already working on the follow-up to her latest album ‘Born This Way’.