Head Mouse Symbol Causes Disney-DJ Deadmau5 Legal Dispute

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – The three-circle logo that Disney made famous is being used by a DJ called Deadmau5 and Disney has filed opposition papers to claim property of its trademark.

The DJ has tweeted his response with a simple one-liner: “Lawyer up, Mickey”.

The Canadian DJ has reportedly been using Mickey Mouse’s head when performing on stages for about 10 years. The Mickey Mouse head is not the usual plain black, the DJ mixes the design every now and then. It comes with lights and glitter.

DJ Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, also said in a statement that Disney thinks people might confuse an established electronic musician over an animated character. He noted that Disney thinks people are that “stupid”.

The DJ has been making sure that he and his trademark will be known locally and internationally. Reports say that his trademark is very famous all over 30 countries. This includes Ireland, Germany, France, UK and Japan.

Also, the “mau5head” has been registered on 2013 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

However, a year after, Disney submitted a 171-page claiming the trademark is theirs. The DJ’s lawyer released a statement saying that they are prepared to fight Disney regarding the trademark dispute.

Disney has written in their complaint that if the trademark will be assigned to Zimmerman, it would be damaging their long-running business. They also added that the three-circle logo has started from 1928 and their team was the one who made it well-known, iconic, and definitive.

Zimmerman’s fans have been asking why it took that long for Disney to actually notice that their trademark is being used by someone else. Disney has not responded to these yet.

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