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Disney Taking Deadmau5 to Court Over Mouse Logo


Disney is not happy with Deadmau5 over the DJ's logo, and the disagreement may end up in court.

Deadmau5 is a popular DJ whose mouse logo is trademarked in 30 countries. However, the DJ has not trademarked the mouse head symbol in the United States. Disney is apparently not satisfied with this, and is protecting Mr. Mickey Mouse against Deadmau5. Disney's lawyers are saying Deadmau5's mouse could cause confusion.

It could be argued that Disney is only looking out for its property and of course, the cartoon character and the DJ are reasonably similar in that they're both mice. But does this mean that Disney can make the same claim about any mouse-like symbol or logo?

Deadmau5 isn't backing down, and has told Disney to lawyer up. But Disney's a big company with a lot of salty characters on the payroll.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Deadmau5 performs on stage for iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on September 1, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Deadmau5 performs on stage for iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on September 1, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Deadmau5 performs on stage for iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on September 1, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
PEMBERTON, BC - JULY 19: Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 performs during the Pemberton Music and Arts Festival at on July 19, 2014 in Pemberton, British Columbia. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Deadmau5 performs on stage for iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on September 1, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 01: Deadmau5 performs on stage for iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on September 1, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 24: Deadmau5 performs on stage at Day 2 of South West Four Festival 2014 on August 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
PEMBERTON, BC - JULY 19: Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 performs during the Pemberton Music and Arts Festival at on July 19, 2014 in Pemberton, British Columbia. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
PEMBERTON, BC - JULY 19: Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 performs during the Pemberton Music and Arts Festival at on July 19, 2014 in Pemberton, British Columbia. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Deadmau5 performs during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 29, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Deadmau5 performs during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 29, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Deadmau5 performs during Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park Amphitheater on March 29, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: DJ Deadmau5 performs at the Xbox One Launch at Milk Studios on November 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Xbox)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Electronic music artist Deadmau5 performs during Day 2 of the HARD Day Of The Dead electronic music festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on November 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 31: Deadmau5 performs during the 2013 Budweiser Made In America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Electronic music artist Deadmau5 performs during Day 2 of the HARD Day Of The Dead electronic music festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on November 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Electronic music artist Deadmau5 performs during Day 2 of the HARD Day Of The Dead electronic music festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on November 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 23: Deadmau5 performs at the Ultra Music Festival on March 23, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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