Deadmau5 has settled a legal dispute with Disney over the shape of the mouse headwear he uses when performing. Walt Disney launched legal action last year claiming the Canadian star’s logo was too similar to their own Mickey Mouse symbol. It came after the 34-year-old had attempted to register the shape of the headgear he uses on stage – a large circle with two smaller spherical discs for ears – as a trademark.
But now it has been revealed that the media giant and DeadMau5, real name Joel Zimmerman, have come to an ‘amicable’ agreement. The Hollywood Reporter quotes Zimmerman’s attorney as saying: ‘Disney and Deadmau5 have amicably resolved their dispute.’
Last year, the dance star said he was determined to fight it out in court in a Twitter post, writing: ‘Landed home to some interesting news: looks like Disney officially just filed in opposition of my trademark… lawyer up mickey.’
He filed a U.S. trademark application for his logo, which is a caricature of a mouse head logo, back in June 2013.
It covers various goods and services including sound and visual recording instruments, BMX bikes, clothing, toys and games, food items, as well as entertainment and educational services relating to music. He has been wearing his trademark plastic mouse head for more than ten years, and his attorney Dina LaPolt has previously said he also has a trademark in 30 countries, including Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K.
But according to the Guardian, Disney argued that the black ears and face and white eyes were ‘nearly identical in appearance, connotation and overall commercial impression to Disney’s Mouse Ears.’
According to the Hollywood reporter, the terms of the recent settlement have not yet been made available – but could soon emerge in official papers. This would include a withdrawal of the company’s objections, the website reports.