Deadmau5 issues Disney with cease and desist order as legal battle continues
Producer claims company did not have permission to use his music in 2012 video
As reported, the EDM producer (real name Joel Zimmerman) is in a legal dispute with Disney after attempting to trademark his "mau5head" logo in America. Taking things further, Zimmerman has now issued a cease and desist order against the company after he discovered that Disney used one of his songs in a video without his permission.
The cease and desist order involves the Deadmau5 song 'Ghosts N' Stuff' and a Mickey Mouse video from 2012. Tweeting about the latest development in his battle with the animation company, Zimmerman wrote: "i never gave disney a liscene to use my track. So. we emailed you a C&D. So now, @disney is illegally using my work... and CONFUSING people that id actualyly work with these twats."
So now, @disney is illegally using my work... and CONFUSING people that id actualyly work with these twats.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 4, 2014
A defiant Deadmau5 previously told Disney to "lawyer up", while a statement from his lawyer, Dina LaPolt, stated he "will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property".
The Canadian EDM artist has used his signature look for 10 years and has trademarked it in countries such as Germany, Japan, Italy and the UK.
Deadmau5 reportedly applied to trademark his look at the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2013, but a leaked document shows that Disney, which created the Mickey Mouse character in 1928, argue that this would affect the company's business in both the US and abroad.