Deadmau5 Says Disney Is Using His Music Without Permission…

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There’s been much buzz about Disney trying to block Deadmau5’s mouse head trademark application. Deadmau5 has already trademarked the head in 30 countries, but Disney only objected when he tried to do the same in the U.S. Disney says Deadmau5’s logo is too similar to their Mickey logo and filed a 171 page opposition to his application.

Deadmau5 responded on Twitter, saying:

“Disney thinks you might confuse an established electronic musician / performer with a cartoon mouse. That’s how stupid they think you are… lawyer up mickey”

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Now, in a turn of events, Deadmau5 has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Disney. The letter says Disney is using his song “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” in a Mickey Mouse remix video without permission.


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It looks like Disney might already be removing the video, as it loads sometimes but leads me to an error page at other times.

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Here’s Deadmau5′ full cease and desist letter:

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17 Responses

  1. adolf

    “The letter says Disney is using his song “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” in a Mickey Mouse remix video without permission.”

    they dont need any permission from d5 to do this!!!

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  2. Deathcrasher

    How do any of you know he “stole” the logo? Did I miss the news story that unearthed Joel’s video-taped confession to stealing the resemblance of Mickey Mouse?

    I didn’t think so…

    And regardless of what he did, Disney straight up JACKED that song without his permission, and THAT we have evidence of front and center.

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    • Anonymous

      “How do any of you know he “stole” the logo?”

      Um, because it’s strikingly similar to the original; because he had access, because he uses name as well as image and because Disney was first?

      You have to protect and police your brand constantly in order to keep it, that’s trademark 101. If you don’t, it loses it distinctiveness and eventually goes ‘Xerox’, ‘Aspirin’ and ‘Frisbee’.

      It’s embarrassing for an otherwise original artist to steal people’s work like that and even trying to trademark it. His only defense is parody and that won’t fly when we’re talking trademarks.

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  3. Anonymous

    Taking it down isn’t good enough. ISP’s need to block the entire domain and Google needs to de-list any and all Disney sites from its search engines!

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  4. Musicservices4less

    Dear Mr. Deadmau5,
    As any knowledgeable entertainment lawyer will tell you and I am sure Ms. LaPolt has done so, you are now up against THE most powerful, devastating and scorched-earth type legal department in the entertainment industry. If you continue, your legal bills will drain your income, your mind will be blown away by this and whether or not you prevail doesn’t matter to the mouse. They play the long game i.e. he who is standing last wins.
    Good luck!

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  5. Rick

    My money is on Disney having the rights through the publisher and why would they inform Deadmau5 about it.

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  6. R.P.

    He should fire his lawyer. Due diligence suggests that it is up to his lawyer to find out if Virgin or EMI granted licenses before they send a letter to show face on social media and only end up embarrassing themselves.

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  7. Thedenmaster

    He’s in the wrong. Disney trademarked the ears. If you can’t figure that out you need to stay out of legal issues. This is a slam dunk. Using his music is a diversion. Perhaps they got it from his label. Doesn’t matter though. They are unrelated with regard to the law and he will lose the ears case.

    Maybe he should be dead beaver instead. Or better yet. Angry dead beaver.

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  8. Thedenmaster

    He’s in the wrong. Disney trademarked the ears. If you can’t figure that out you need to stay out of legal issues. This is a slam dunk. Using his music is a diversion. Perhaps they got it from his label. Doesn’t matter though. They are unrelated with regard to the law and he will lose the ears case.

    Maybe he should be dead beaver instead.

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  9. Anonymous

    I guarantee that they’ll provide a license ASAP. The guy is a hothead and doesn’t think before acting.

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