The latest challenge between the Walt Disney Corporation and Deadmau5 is going to be interesting. It is surprising that Mickey Mouse’s corporation took so long to get in Deadmau5’s face about the look of his costume as the similarities are without question too close to be original Mickey Mouse silhouette. Accord to TMZ on Wednesday, the media giant is trying to block the DJ from getting a trademark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
For over 60 years Mickey Mouse has been seen and idolized as the silhouette of the ears. It’s all over the theme parks, the movies and even around the studios. One look at the dark pair of ears and people think of Mickey Mouse. Even the young fans know what the symbol means. While Deadmau5 has only been wearing the ears for 10 years and his look slightly changes with the venue. Despite the fact he already has a trademark for it in thirty other countries, in America the ears are too much like Mickey Mouse’s pair to be original.
This decision to finally challenge Deadmau5 on his use of similar Mickey Mouse ears has the support of Disney fans. It has been a pet peeve of Mickey Mouse lovers everywhere that a DJ, which hosts raves and concerts, has allegedly infringed on the rights of a childhood character. It is also important to point out that the majority of raves and venues with music of this nature is plagued with drugs and other criminal activities where the cops need to be called.
Deadmau5 says he won't be bullied about the challenge. Technically he has nothing to worry about as this is a legal matter and there is no doubt a ruling will be handed down. Mickey Mouse knows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even if Deadmau5 is half a century late.