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Deadmau5 responds to Disney, reveals fallout of trademark fight

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Deadmau5 responds to Disney, reveals fallout of trademark fight

When we last left Deadmau5, the world-famous DJ/producer was publicly accusing Disney of copyright infringement in retaliation for the entertainment giant’s effort to block the trademark for his signature “mau5head” logo. At 171 pages, the company’s notice of opposition was certainly thorough, but that’s nothing compared to the DJ’s formal response.

Hollywood Esq. reports that on Monday, Deadmau5 filed more than 1,000 pages — when you take exhibits into account — with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, addressing not only the drier issues of whether his logo might be confused with Disney’s famed mouse ears, but also some considerably more interesting matters.

For instance, Deadmau5 contends that his dispute with Disney cost him a job remixing the Star Wars theme for the animated Star Wars Rebels, but led to the scuttling of his planned appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, with someone from the network or its parent Disney reportedly saying, “We have to stay away from [Deadmau5] until the matter is resolved.”

The filing also reveals the DJ had been approached in October 2013 for a “re-imagining” of Fantasia as part the 75th-anniversary celebration of the animated classic — complete with a 90-minute concert (that’s a mock-up for the re-imagined Fantasia above). Although that project didn’t pan out, Deadmau5 asserts these attempts by Disney to work with him illustrate the company’s willingness to co-exist with him and his mau5head.

Of course, Disney’s issue doesn’t appear to be with his signature headdress but with his attempt to register the trademark for use in a wide range of merchandise.

Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, has worn his signature headpiece during performances for about a decade, although the “mau5head” logo predates that. He applied for a U.S. trademark last year, but his attorney says already holds the rights to the logo in 30 other countries.


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