There are all kinds of characters in the entertainment world, but I’ve been hearing about…
…a dispute between two mice!
Deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”) is a DJ famous from Toronto, Canada and he is having a very public battle with the most famous mouse of all…
Since I’m from Florida, I have been to Disney World more times than I can count and Mickey Mouse is a well respected guy in my family’s eye. I grew up with Mickey and (shhhh don’t tell anybody) I liked him better than Santa Claus! 😀
So we all know that there was this guy named Walt Disney who went to Orlando, Florida (a city with nothing but trees) with a chainsaw, a bulldozer, and a couple of his friends to create an amusement park and people thought he was a lunatic! An amusement park?!
With an estimated $18.2 billion dollars in economic activity in Orlando from Walt Disney World and its related businesses in the city that Disney built…I’d say that Walt was a visionary not only for creating an amusement park but for creating its official mascot: Mickey Mouse!
So Deadmau5 markets himself as a DJ who puts on his mouse head and spins a mean turntable, but why is Disney feeling threatened by another mouse?
It’s being reported that Disney filed a formal opposition against the DJ because he made an attempt to register a trademark on his mouse head caricature!
Deadmau5 did not take Mickey’s “Oh no you didn’t” reaction all too well as he decided to issue a cease and desist letter to the Disney Corporation! And because he’s “keeping it classy”…he posted the entire letter to Twitter!
Just check out one of his tweets here:
Let me stop you right there, mau5…
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, pains me more than to see a spelling error! HAHA Corperation?! Oh gosh!!
Well if one thing is for certain…Deadmau5 has got nothing on Mickey, but I’m not too sure that is the point of this dispute. What I’m most interested in (since I took a couple courses in Law) is that Disney feels substantial similarity is evident in a DJs headgear and therefore they would rather block his trademark instead of sue him for copyright infringement??
Well it just so happens that Disney infringed upon Deadmau5 in an interesting turn of events when they used his song “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” for a video of spooky Mickey footage from the olden days which he claims he did not give them permission for!
See that spooky Mickey video here: video.disney.com/watch/ghosts-n-stuff-re-micks
So I think that Disney is either oblivious to the fact that they infringed upon Deadmau5 by using his song without a license or they are too busy making billions in Orlando and beyond.
Whatever the case may be, I’m not too happy with Deadmau5 for taking his dispute to Twitter and mudslinging Disney like it’s time for an election!
If you’re curious…he took screenshots of the letter and tweeted them! You can go read the letter in its entirety here: twitter.com/deadmau5
Disney has responded to Deadmau5 AKA Joel Zimmerman TODAY and here’s what they had 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. Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.”
WOW, WOW, WOW! Now that’s what I like to hear! Short, sweet, and professional! Great comeback Disney! Well said!
This battle will continue so let’s just allow Deadmau5 to chill and may the best mouse win!