Following a nine-month legal dispute, deadmau5 (pictured) and Disney have finally reached an agreement which will allow the electronic music icon to continue using his famous mouse head insignia.
Joel Zimmerman, the mau5 himself, entered the legal battle after his trademark registration claim with the U.S. Trademark Office was challenged by the Disney corporation and brought forward in Sept. 2014. Zimmerman had already been granted the trademark rights to the mouse symbol in 30 different countries when Disney challenged his U.S. application in a statement that said, “applicant’s Mouse Ears Mark is nearly identical in appearance, connotation, and overall commercial impression to Disney’s Mouse Ears Marks.”
The company’s main issue was grounded in concerns that the deadmau5 logo might “cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive” consumers in relation to their own Mickey logo. Legal negotiations waged and, in typical, brazen deadmau5 fashion, prompted Zimmerman to lash out against the behemoth corporate power with a few strongly-worded Tweets, which ultimately led him to strip the company of its rights to use Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff in a previously released Disney video game.
While the specifics of the agreement have not yet been made public, it has been made clear that Disney will withdraw their challenge to deadmau5′ trademark, allowing Zimmerman to continue to distribute his mouse head brand among the electronic music community and beyond.