Lady Gaga has taken out a court injunction to prevent the release of the single - The Moshi Dance - which has been an internet hit on YouTube since June, with around one million views per month.
Following the success of the single online, Mind Candy had planned to release the 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.
A hearing at the New Rolls Building in London on Monday 10th October, however, saw an injunction 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’.
Lady Gaga’s lawyers took the action, claiming that children might not be able to tell the two pop starlets apart.
Michael Acton Smith, founder and CEO of Mind Candy and creator of Moshi Monsters, commented: "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."