Lady Gaga wins court battle to stop Moshi Monsters' releasing Lady Goo Goo songs
Published 14/10/2011 | 11:38
LADY Gaga has won a court battle to stop a popular children's website Moshi Monster' releasing a single by a cartoon character called Lady Goo Goo.
The US star has taken the creators of popular kids' website Moshi Monster's to court over its music plans - and effectively gagged them.
She was furious that one of the Moshi characters called Lady Goo Goo was to have a single released called the Moshi Dance.
But London High Court judge Justice Vos came down against Moshi creators Mind Candy and in favour of the singer in a day-long court hearing.
He granted an injunction 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 banned the song, claiming that kids might not be able to tell the two apart, despite Mind Candy's claims of obvious differences between them.
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'.
Lady Goo Goo is one of 52 Moshi Monsters characters.
Michael Acton Smith, founder and CEO of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters 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 scheduled for release 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 High Court case was listed as Ate My Heart, represented by Mishcon de Reya versus Mind Candy, represented by Clintons.
In the Monster Dance video, Lady Goo Goo sings the chorus: "Oh Woah Woah, Sha la la la la, let's do the Moshi Dance!"
The video eclipsed other YouTube videos by established big name stars like Leona Lewis and Pixie Lott.
Moshi Monster's own website describes Lady GooGoo as "a parody of Lady Ga Ga" and other musical characters have spoof names of stars including Dusbtin 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.
Speaking ahead of the single launch Acton Smith, 37, originally from Marlow, now living in central London said: "We released the Lady Goo Goo music video on YouTube as a bit of an experiment and were amazed at the response and how fast it spread.
"Kids loved to so we thought it would be smart to release it and are developing more tracks."
The Moshi brand has branched out into other areas, spawning trading cards, comics, books and toys.
The game works by children solving educational puzzles, with children earning virtual money called Rox. It allows them to buy treats for the pet monsters.