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Battle of the mouses: Deadmau5 claims Disney stole his art first

Just a few days ago, Disney filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Deadmau5 for what they see as ownership over their mouse ears. But it looks like Deadmau5 has decided to fight back.

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While dealing with the lawsuit filed by Disney, the DJ took to Twitter to talk about what he sees as Disney’s skirting of the infringement line and his “cease and desist.”

Deadmau5 linked to a video on the Disney website called “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff Re-Micks.” The clip on the website says, “Enjoy a spooky cartoon Re-Micks to the tune of Deadmau5’s ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff.’”

Deadmau5’s Twitter rant is not new for the DJ; he even proposed to ex-fiancée Kat Von D via Twitter as well.

He also tweeted photos of the cease and desist letter that he has sent to Disney along with the caption, “Have a magical f***ing day.”

“Accordingly, not only is Disney violating the rights of Zimmerman [Deadmau5’s real last name], but it is also infringing upon the rights of EMI Music Publishing Limited, Virgin Records Limited and Ultra Records, LLC,” the complaint read. “Disney prominently features the Deadmau5 mark next to the infringing video, implying a non-existent endorsement by Zimmerman.”

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Disney filed a lawsuit against the DJ earlier this week for the use of his “mau5head” logo that he uses in his shows and artwork.

“Our client will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property,” Deadmau5’s lawyer said in a statement to Rolling Stone.

Disney responded to Rolling Stone on Friday, Sept. 5., saying, “Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr. Zimmerman’s attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation. Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement.”

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