Deadmau5 vs. Disney: DJ Retaliates in Trademark War

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September 7, 2014

Just days after Disney filed a Notice of Opposition against the Canadian house musician Deadmau5 fires back with a notice of his own. The 33-year-old DJ issued the multi-million dollar Disney company a cease-and-desist letter demanding they discontinue use of his song “Ghosts “N” Stuff” on their short video titled “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff Re-Micks,” which appears on Disney.com.

Deadmau5 vs. Disney Precursor

Earlier this week Disney filed a notice with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in an attempt to forbid the DJ from receiving trademark protection for his famous Mau5head headpiece. The headpiece is shaped like a huge robot mouse with electric eyes and mouth. Disney claims the headpiece bears a “confusingly similar” resemblance to the famous Mickey Mouse ears and might lead to consumer confusion.

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Deadmau5 vs. Disney Cease and Desist Letter

Yesterday, in response to Disney’s claims, the DJ took to Twitter to blast the company stating “anyone wanna see some complete [o]wnage?”

In his following tweet, he posted a link to a short minute and a half video clip where the Disney company compiled various Mickey Mouse clips into a short film.

The Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff Re-Micks was titled after Deadmau5’s popular hit “Ghosts N Stuff” uses the famous song without, according to Deadmau5, a licensing agreement. According to copyright laws, if Disney is using the song without a license they are infringing Deadmau5’s copyright rights.

Deadmau5 also posted a copy of the cease-and-desist letter on his Twitter account.


Disney’s Response to Deadmau5 Cease and Desist Letter

In response to Deadmau5’s copyright infringement claims, a Disney spokesperson has released a statement to Rolling Stone indicating that Deadmau5’s claim is meritless and the “music was appropriately licensed.” The statement went on to say: “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.” 

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