If you’ve been paying any attention to the internet or electronic music media for the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed the heated debate-turned-lawsuit between electronic music superstar Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5 and the entertainment colossus that is Disney.
The first piece of this deliciously juicy pie is the fact that Disney finally stayed true to their words and filed a trademark lawsuit against Joel — something that had been nothing but a threat for the last little while. Upon hearing the news, deadmau5 simply stated, “lawyer up.”
Now, as if Joel and his high-class legal team had had this trick up their sleeves for this exact moment, deadmau5 has filed a cease and desist against Disney for their use of his first major smash hit, “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff.” See below:
Now, I’m no lawyer and know very little about music law, but knowing Disney and their slimy ways of getting out of a sticky situation, I have a feeling they might be able to conjure up loophole of sorts that makes their use of “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” completely legal. For instance, the fact that they only use chopped portions of the song might allow them to get away with using the song without purchasing any rights… Again, I am NOT a lawyer and have no knowledge of music law. I’m really just speculating.
Either way, the mau5 is PISSED and is more than likely laughing hysterically in his studio/vault after slapping them with this bad boy:
TL;DR: deadmau5 is giving Disney TWO business days to take down the video featuring “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” or every record label associated with Joel and the track are going to be after Disney for what is most likely a SHIT TON of money.
To quickly speak on the trademarked “ear” debacle: Disney is out of their mind for thinking that anyone would confuse deadmau5′ very distinct brand for their even more distinct and historical brand. The only reason they’re getting more and more concerned is because they’ve already started they’re entry into the EDM world with their 2014 release “Dconstructed.” Please kill me.