Deadmau5 is biting back at Disney as the two parties face off over a mouse head (but so much more).
As reported by TMZ, Disney first attempted to block Deadmau5’s trademark on his notorious logo. Now Deadmau5 is flipping the script on Disney, claiming the company is infringing on his copyrights with their video "Ghosts 'n' Stuff - Re-Micks". An email sent by deadmau5's legal team to Disney states:
"...Not only is Disney violating the rights of Zimmerman, but it is also infringing upon the rights of EMI Music Publishing Limited, Virgin Records Limited, and Ultra Records, LLC." - LaPolt Law
This comes after the following report from TMZ describing the first nibble from Disney:
"Disney states its ears have been a thing for more than 60 years, and says granting Deadmau5 the trademark would damage its business in the U.S. and around the world.” - TMZ
There could certainly be some parents who accidentally buy deadmau5 gear for their kids and maybe that's what Disney is suggesting. I mean, what kid doesn't want that backpack? But maybe the deadmau5 image isn't damaging Disney's business so much as it's supporting it.
As to why deadmau5 needs the trademark... well, he could be affected by impostors too. And there's certainly a whole lot more popularity on his side for parties to cash in on if his trademark is denied.
We all know who the bigger mouse is here. In the end though, it's really just a shame we won't be seeing any more magical kingdom mashups like the Disney "Re-Micks" below...
Editor's note: If you read this article by mistake and were looking for an article about the Mickey Mouse Club, we sincerely apologize for the confusion and negativity. It’s all Joel Zimmerman’s fault.
Original source: http://www.tmz.com/2014/09/02/deadmau5-battling-disney-mickey-mouse-ear-logo-trademark/#ixzz3CO58zBUA