1. Deadmau5 has been rocking his mouse head for over 10 years now, but it looks like Disney now has a problem with it, TMZ reports.
2. The DJ – whose real name is Joel Zimmerman – tweeted yesterday that Disney had filed an opposition to his U.S. trademark application for his logo.
3. Zimmerman’s attorney told TMZ that he already has trademarks in 30 countries, including the U.K. and Japan.
According to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office, Zimmerman filed his most recent application on Aug. 18.
The description for his logo was included in the application: “Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of a caricature of a mouse head with the letter “X” over each eye and the word, in a stylized format, “deadmau5” centered beneath the mouse head.”
4. Zimmerman said he plans to take on the monolithic company. Here he is telling Mickey to “lawyer up”:
5. Zimmerman then tweeted that Disney’s move was a knock against the intelligence of fans and consumers.
6. But then he also made this odd statement about Frozen “tanking”…
7. Which… well…
11. BuzzFeed has reached out to a rep for Deadmau5 for comment.
A representative for Deadmau5 responded to BuzzFeed, providing a statement from his attorney, Dina LaPolt:
“The deadmau5 front facing mau5head is a registered trademark in 30 countries worldwide. In June of last year, deadmau5 applied to register the front facing mau5head with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Disney is now opposing the U.S. filing. Given that the mau5head and other identifying deadmau5 trademarks have been used in the U.S. and around the world for almost a decade, we wonder why Disney is only now coming after deadmau5. Our client will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property.”
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