Disney is locked in a legal battle with electronic musician Deadmau5 (see our earlier post), claiming that the electronic music producer’s signature mouse headgear is too similar to the company’s corporate logo: Mickey Mouse’s ears.
For over a decade Joel Zimmerman, known as Deadmau5, has been wearing a giant mouse-eared helmet during his electronic performances. It became his signature. The mouse ears are also used on his albums and on various merchandising articles.
Disney never squeaked, until recently the musician applied for a trademark registration in the US. Disney filed a formal opposition, stating the reputation and the distinctive character of their logo is at stake. Deadmau5 isn’t falling for the legal trap, and claims Disney has no rights, considering they never objected against his decade-long use.
The mouse fight will continue in court, and the outcome is going to be very interesting. At least Deadmau5 isn’t afraid: