Deadmau5 and Disney end legal dispute over mouse-themed stagewear

The company had previously accused the EDM producer of copyright infringement

Electronic producer Deadmau5 has settled a legal dispute with Disney over alleged trademark infringement in relation to the mouse-themed headwear that the artist wears onstage.

The Canadian EDM star – real name Joel Zimmerman – had previously attempted to register his signature garment with the US patent and trademark office for use on merchandise.

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However, the Walt Disney Corporation officially opposed the request in September 2014, arguing that the design was too similar to that of their well-known character Mickey Mouse, whose silhouette is used in the company’s logo.

Disney stated that the merchandise would “cause confusion”, claiming the design to be “nearly identical in appearance, connotation and overall commercial impression to Disney’s mouse ears.”

Now, Zimmerman’s lawyer has told the Hollywood Reporter that “Disney and Deadmau5 have amicably resolved their dispute”. No other details have been disclosed.

Zimmerman later tweeted in response to the news.

Tadaaaa!!! *waves jazzhands*. http://t.co/oqRxhSxWNQ

— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) June 22, 2015

Deadmau5 recently tackled a separate legal issue when he sent a cease-and-desist letter to a musical inspired by his music.

Deadmouse: The Musical will be staged at the Toronto Fringe Festival from July 3 and, according to an official statement, is “a comedy about a mouse who aspires to be a house DJ but is discriminated against for being a mouse.” Its lead character is named Joel Zimmermouse.

Tweeting about the production, the DJ and producer revealed his lawyer’s cease-and-desist letter and stated, “While I appreciate their intent, they really went about this the wrong way and don’t fully understand how this diminishes certain endeavours.”

However, the EDM musician’s anger appeared to vanish once organisers of the musical agreed to state clearly that their work is a parody. “The dead mouse musical debacle is settled,” he later added. “They have just put up a disclaimer and called it a parody. Moving along now.”
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