Lady Gaga Wins Case Against Animated Baby Parody Of Herself
By Brent Randall 2011-10-15 22:31:20
Lady Gaga may be wild, crazy and free-spirited, but when it comes to people encroaching on her name and her brand, she’s not afraid to sic the lawyers on them.
Not long ago Gaga was fighting with a fansite over using her name, and she lost. Now, she’s just finished fighting with a kids website over parodying her, and this time she’s won. Moshi Monsters, a popular UK kids website that is referred to as “Facebook for kids” contains several characters including parodies of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, and 50 Cent. According to The Telegraph, one of the characters, Lady Goo Goo, is an acknowledged parody of Gaga. The problem wasn’t that Goo Goo, essentially a baby version of the famous singer, was created, but rather that she was going to be releasing a single soon for purchase. The court ruled to prevent the creators from promoting, advertising, selling, distributing or otherwise making available the song or any songs and videos by Lady Goo Goo.
The CEO of Mind Candy, the creators of Moshi Monsters, said that it was obvious kids would be able to tell the difference between the two characters. For starters, well, Lady Goo Goo is a baby. And animated. And has an extremely different voice from Gaga. But other than that, I guess they are pretty similar. She has the blonde hair and Gaga-esque sunglasses.
I have to wonder, though, how many of the kids at the Moshi Monsters website are that familiar with Lady Gaga to begin with. She is internationally known, but I don’t know how young her music skews, and if there is an overlap with the Moshi Monsters target age group. Even if we did accept that these kids are familiar with Lady Gaga, I think that they would likely be able to tell the difference between the Goo and the Ga. They are just kids, but give them a little credit. Whether they might think that Gaga is connected to the Goo Goo character is a different story. Then you get into trademark infringement, and there, Gaga seems to have a better case. But what do I know – she won this case anyway!
Sadly, you won’t be able to purchase “The Moshi Dance” by Lady Goo Goo on iTunes or somewhere similar. But don’t fear – you can check it out on YouTube in all its glory here.