Disney responds to Deadmau5’s cease and desist, Mau5 head legal battle to continue
The web has been ablaze with news of the battle between Deadmau5 and Disney for trademark rights over the notorious Mau5 head and its questionable similarities to Disney’s traditional Mickey Mouse silhouette. After Disney officially filed the suit against Joel Zimmerman’s brand and imagery, in typical Deadmau5 style, the Canadian producer brandished a copy of a cease and desist letter calling out a short video titled ‘Ghosts n’ Stuff – Re-micks’ using his famed title track as the background music. Claiming that the track was allegedly used without proper legal licensing, it seemed as though the case had been shut down by Deadmau5 and his legal team.
Disney has responded to the opposition – although in a far less showy manner – with resistance of their own, seemingly re-directing the case to its original roots to be duked out between the legal teams in coming weeks.
As told to Rolling Stone, a Disney spokesperson explained:
“Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr. Zimmerman’s attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation. Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.”
Via: Rolling Stone