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Lady Gaga Silences Moshi Monsters Parody Lady Goo Goo

Popular singer Lady Gaga has been granted an interim injunction against Moshi Monsters parent Mind Candy to halt the distribution of songs featuring parody character Lady Goo Goo.

Frank Cifaldi, Contributor

October 13, 2011

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Mind Candy's popular Moshi Monsters parody character Lady Goo Goo has been silenced following a lawsuit from source material inspiration Lady Gaga. Gaga was granted an interim inunction in a British court to halt the distribution of "Peppy-razzi," a parody of Gaga's "Paparazzi," as well as other Lady Goo Goo hits such as "The Moshi Dance," which has attracted over 3 million views on YouTube. The video, which was available here, was pulled from the site following the court's decision. Specifically, the company is barred 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," according to court papers received by The Guardian. The injunction will put a crimp in Mind Candy's recent plans to grow its Moshi Monsters empire by selling songs -- including those performed by Lady Goo Goo -- over iTunes. Lady Goo Goo material was almost certainly a large part of Mind Candy's upcoming video platform as well. "It's pretty obvious that kids will be able to tell the difference between the two characters," Mind Candy CEO Michael Acton Smith said in a statement. "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 humor behind this parody." The Lady Goo Goo character herself may still appear in the game, but without the associated songs. Other parody characters such as "Dustbin Beaver" will remain in the game, barring further legal disputes.

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Frank Cifaldi

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Frank Cifaldi is a freelance writer and contributing news editor at Gamasutra. His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others. He can be reached at [email protected].

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