Deadmau5 turns down Disney’s offer to remix Fantasia for the 75th Anniversary over trademark dispute

deadmau5disney2Things are starting to heat up between Canadian musician and the House of Mouse. In case you missed it, the whole mess started back in September when Disney denied Deadmau5’s right to trademark the mouse head he wears during his live performances. Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, was extremely outraged by Disney’s legal team’s actions. Oddly enough, Zimmerman was approached in July of this year to remix the Star Wars theme song for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. Disney’s music group was not aware of the legal battle at the time they had made the offer.

Deadmau5 attempted to trademark a new helmet design in August, but Disney was quick to shoot down Zimmerman’s filing. Following the trademark block, Deadmau5 reps found that Disney was actually featuring one of Zimmerman’s top hits on their site without the proper licensing. On September 4th, Deadmau5’s company issued a Cease and Desist against Disney for using Ghost N Stuff without permission.

deadmau5disney3Disney claimed they had the appropriate licencing to use the music, however the video was taken down anyway. It was clear that the two parties were not getting along, yet once again Disney had approached Zimmerman’s camp for another collaboration. This time for the 75th Anniversary of Fantasia. Deadmau5 was approached again by Disney’s music group to remix the film’s original score. Deadmau5 posted the email he received publicly on his Twitter.



 Walt Disney Studios’ Fantasia Live: Re-imagined with Deadmau5

Concept: A complete re-imagining of Disney’s Fantasia, to mark the franchise’s 75th anniversary, with new original
Deadmau5 music, and the opportunity to re-conceptualize and or modernize the visual storyline.

Purpose: to provide audiences with an alternative and innovative way to experience music and visual story telling,
through one of the most iconic franchises of the past century.

Format: A 90-minute concert, consisting of 8 musical & visual segments, comprised of an entirely new score and
visual story. The music will be created and performed by Deadmau5, and will be paired with the most astounding
technologically advanced interactive visual aesthetic audiences have ever seen.

Event: The first event will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in November of 2014, with Deadmau5 and The
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and will be broadcast and recorded. The show will create the launch for a series of
concerts in the spring and summer of 2015, at iconic venues around the world.

Why: Deadmau5 is the most innovative musician of our time, and Disney the most successful entertainment
brand to ever exist. Bringing these two visionaries together, with this particular franchise, provides for an
incredible opportunity that could touch millions of people around the world.

Potential Brand Partnerships: Microsoft, Samsung, Visa, Sonos

Zimmerman expressed interest in doing the project if they’d allow him to have his trademark, an idea that doesn’t seem likely giving the history of the dispute between the two. Even fans have expressed major interest in hearing the collaboration.


Now we want to hear from you. Do you think Deadmau5 deserves to own his copyright or is it just too close to Mickey? Let us know in the comments below.

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