Lady Gaga wants to take legal action against an ice cream maker in Great Britain for name infringement. Lady Gaga claims that the Baby Gaga flavor of ice cream is likely to wrongly lead fans to believe she endorses the treat. The ice cream makers claim that she can’t trademark the word “gaga.”
Ice Cream makers The Licktators produce a variety of novelty flavors, some based on pop icons. Besides Baby Gaga, they’ve got John Lemon and Jiggy Pop, a take on deceased Beatles singer John Lennon and Stooges frontman Iggy Pop. They produce their ice cream independently, and with British ingredients.
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The Baby Gaga flavor at the center of the discussion is supposedly made with human breast milk. Not long after the flavor went on sale in 2011, it was seized by authorities for testing after complaints from the public. The flavor has since gone back on sale. The company brought the flavor back to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte, the second child of Prince William and Princess Kate.
A spokeswoman for the ice cream company told People that the ice cream is “free-range, freshly squeezed and totally natural. Perfect for any prince or princess.” People further described the ice cream, and how new mothers can make a batch of it at home.
“So, what exactly is in the breast milk ice cream recipe? The concoction blends donated breast milk – screened in line with hospital standards – and Madagascan Vanilla. (You can also whip it up at home, thanks to the Licktator’s online recipe.)”
But Lady Gaga isn’t amused. She doesn’t want any part of her name associated with the product. The Licktators don’t think she has a chance, being that “gaga” is in the dictionary. They’ve also mentioned how Lady Gaga got her stage name from the song “Radio Ga Ga” by Queen.
But whether or not Lady Gaga likes the flavor, she’s going to have to take it. The Independent quoted a Licktators statement about plans to push the flavor on Gaga.
“We don’t lick boots, and we don’t be dictated to. However, we are sending complimentary tubs of our ice cream to Lady Gaga for chilling out to as a gesture of peace and goodwill.”
Will packages of ice cream be enough to cool off a lawsuit by Lady Gaga? If not, then who’s to say Iggy Pop won’t be the next to challenge the ice cream company’s flavor naming tendencies?
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