After Disney allegedly tried to block Deadmau5 from trademarking his mouse logo, a legal battle seemed to be imminent. In response, the mau5 had ridiculed Disney on Twitter and eventually called out the company publicly for using one of his songs in a cartoon without his permission. He also sent them a cease-and-desist letter.
“OK, mouse, I never gave Disney a license to use my track,” he had said in a tweet, linking to a Disney video titled “Ghosts 'n' Stuff Re-Micks.” The video caption reads: “Enjoy a spooky cartoon Re-Micks to the tune of Deadmau5's 'Ghosts 'n' Stuff,'” perhaps the DJ’s biggest song. He would eventually show a copy of the cease-and-desist letter he had sent Disney.
Now, in a statement to Rolling Stone, Disney has issued their first public response to Deadmau5’s claims.
“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,” a Disney spokesperson told Rolling Stone. “Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.”
You can watch the Disney video that uses Deadmau5’s song below. Let us know your thoughts.
why disney wants to shut my trademark down? http://t.co/BivT4fbS6L they wanna cash in on EDM too. some interesting names on there lol…
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 5, 2014