Mouse Musical

deadmau5A trademark dispute between electronic music producer Deadmau5 and a musical that featured a mouse’s journey to becoming a professional DJ was resolved in record time: just 24 hours after starting.

You may remember Deadmau5 from its legal battle with Disney over Deadmau5’s use of a “Mickey-like” logo.

The whole thing started after Deadmau5 sent a cease-and-desist letter to the organisers of “Deadmouse: The Musical”, due to be performed in Toronto, Canada next month.

The artist stated that, while the musical may be “paying tribute to him”, the use of the ‘Deadmouse’ name unfairly “capitalises on the goodwill and reputation of Deadmau5’s extremely popular marks”.

Soon after, the musician confirmed via Twitter that the dispute had ended: “The dead mouse musical debacle is settled. They have just put up a disclaimer and called it a parody. Moving along now.”

The official website of Deadmouse: The Musical published a similar statement: “Just so there’s no confusion, the musical is not written by Deadmau5 or endorsed by Deadmau5. It is a parody. It was written out of love of house music culture.”

It’s good to see that there are still trademark disputes out there, that can be settled relatively fast. Which bring us back to the original storyline of the Deadmouse musical: it concerns a mouse that has to overcome discrimination in its pursuit of becoming a DJ. Sound familiar? Ratatouille, anyone?

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Erwin Hauër

“Hope is not a strategy.”



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