Moshi Monsters' plans to release a music single have been dealt a severe blow, as Lady Gaga has taken out a court injunction to prevent its release. The track "The Moshi Dance" by Lady Goo Goo, has already been an Internet hit for some time, but the court order bans it from going on sale.
In addition, Mind Candy - the company behind Moshi Monsters - is not allowed to promote, sell or distribute any future release by its Lady Goo Goo character.
The pop megastar's lawyers claim that Lady Goo Goo breaches their employer's image rights, and an injunction was granted at the New Rolls Building in London, which prevents the company 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".
And it's a move that clearly saddens the founder of Mind Candy, and inventor of Moshi Monsters, Michael Acton Smith: "This court ruling is a huge disappointment. It’s pretty obvious that kids will be able to tell the difference between the two characters," he said. "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."
There's currently no word on whether Mind Candy, with its Moshi Music label, will release the track without the involvement of its Lady Goo Goo character.
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