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Deadmau5 is Under Investigation by THE Mouse. That’s Right: Disney.

If there’s one thing you do not do is mess with Disney’s trademarked properties because they will do everything in their power to crush you–even if it means strong-arming the government into rewriting copyright laws. (If you don’t believe me, go here and read about what’s become known as The Mickey Mouse Law.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is most concerned that this…

Deadmau5 2


…looks way too much like this.

Mickey Mouse


Deadmau5, you see, wants to trademark the above logo.  Disney isn’t happy about that, saying that the Deadmau5 logo could mislead people into thinking that it’s actually about The Mouse.  This could get weird.

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4 thoughts on “Deadmau5 is Under Investigation by THE Mouse. That’s Right: Disney.

  • Well they kind of have a point. Then again, if they were fine with him using the logo up until now, what’s the big deal?

  • I pointed it out to my 3 & 5 year old kids and asked them who the Deadmau5 logo is. Without hesitation they said, “Mickey Mouse”!

  • I don’t see what the big deal is. Does Disney own any and all mouse graphics, no matter their similarity to their own Mickey?

  • Before I know of Deadmau5, I thought that the logo was a version of Mickey mouse. It is Mickey mouse without the details (face). I have bought Deadmau5 song, and at one point, I have his logo as my screensaver, not because I am a huge fan, but I love how it looks like Mickey Mouse! So, I understand if Disney would try to block the trademark application since really, it’s a copy of Mickey.


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