deadmau5 Defends Against Disney Lawsuit
Joel Zimmerman, AKA deadmau5, has just fired back at Disney Entertainment, defending himself against a trademark lawsuit. In the suit Disney alleges that the deadmau5 logo is too close to their iconic Mickey Mouse logo.
Zimmerman's 1000 page response to the lawsuit reveals that there may be more to the story here. He claims that over the years Disney has not only been aware of his trade mark, but also asked to work with him on several projects, including a pretty big one - a remixing of Fantasia for it's upcoming 75th Anniversary.
The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news, writes the following:
According to Deadmau5's papers, Disney worked through a concert promotion company to approach him in October 2013 about "re-imagining" Fantasia for the film's 75th anniversary, presumably next year. The musician includes as one of his exhibits (see below) a mock-up depicting Deadmau5 as the sorcerer's apprentice instead of Mickey Mouse
"The pitch involved deadmau5 creating and performing new original music at live Fantasia concerts at major venues around the world, including the Hollywood Bowl," deadmau5' answer states. "The rationale given for selecting deadmau5 for this opportunity was that: 'Deadmau5 is the most innovative musician of our time, and Disney the most successful entertainment brand to ever exist. Bringing these two visionaries together, with this particular franchise, provides an incredible opportunity that could touch millions of people around the world.'”
deadmau5' response also alleges that Disney wanted to work with him on two Star Wars projects, as well as have him appear on Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween special, which was vetoed higher ups in the company once the lawsuit was announced.
You can read the full deadmau5 response here.