Pointy-breasted Europop songstress Lady Gaga has taken out a court injunction to protect herself from earnest competition, after it emerged that Moshi Monsters character Lady Goo Goo was aboout to release a single.
Apparently, Lady Goo Goo wibbled onto the Interweb in a music video ‘The Moshi Dance’ on YouTube back in June - attracting around a million views per month, according to a press release that landed on out virtual desk just now.
Mind Candy - the company behind Moshi Monsters had planned to release the ‘The Moshi Dance’ track on itunes via its newly formed music division Moshi Music. The track was also scheduled to appear on an upcoming album of Moshi music for release later this year, the ouftit said.
But la Gaga has scuppered all that by sending in the lawyers. And at a hearing in London this week, an injunction was granted preventing Mind Candy 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’.
Gaga’s lawyers reckoned kids might not be able to tell the two pop starlets apart. We can see what they mean.
Michael Acton Smith, founder and CEO of Mind Candy said the ruling was "a huge disappointment".
He added: "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 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.”
On the upside, if you'd never heard of MoshiMonsters.com (opens in new tab), you have now.