Deadmau5, Disney in Legal Dispute Over Mickey Mouse Ear Trademark

Celebrity News Sep. 3, 2014 AT 4:30PM
Deadmau5 is in a legal dispute with Disney Deadmau5 is in a legal dispute with Disney Credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images; NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Don't mess with Disney! Electronic DJ Deadmau5 is in hot water with the purveyors of magic and the happiest places on earth.  

"Landed home to some interesting news: looks like Disney officially just filed in opposition of my trademark," the musician tweeted on Tuesday, Sept. 2. "Lawyer up mickey."

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Deadmau5, 33, famously uses an oversized headpiece when performing in concert, with features rounded ears reminiscent of Mickey Mouse's signature shape. His stage name is also pronounced dead-mouse, another nod to the cartoon icon.

While he has been performing with the moniker and costume for years, Deadmau5 only recently ran into trouble with Disney. He has a trademark on his symbol in multiple countries outside the United States and is now up against Disney in his attempt to secure a U.S. trademark. 

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"Disney thinks you might confuse an established electronic musician / performer with a cartoon mouse. That's how stupid they think you are," Deadmau5 (real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman) tweeted on Tuesday evening, adding that he was pondering "the finer points of trademark legal."

The "Seeya" performer went on to add, "wishes upon star to become the thing i am today. becomes thing. gets stomped on. hahah wut? seems legit."

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When one follower questioned his decision to stand up against Mickey Mouse and Disney, Deadmau5 shot back, "sorry, im no little bitch whos going to fold under a money hungry corperation overt some bulls--t. you do your thing tho. k?"

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