After almost a year of one side dropping rad beats and the other loudly spelling out M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E, Disney and Deadmau5 have settled their legal dispute over the shape of Deadmau5’s head. Last September, the masked DJ tried to trademark the shape of his head for use on—among other things—”BMX bikes,” but Disney stopped him on the grounds that his head is pretty clearly a reference to Mickey Mouse. Now, The Hollywood Reporter says that both sides have come to some kind of agreement, and Disney will most likely be withdrawing its arguments against Deadmau5’s trademark registration.
We don’t know any of the actual terms of whatever deal they made, but we can’t imagine Disney is getting too much cash out of Deadmau5. He may be a reasonably famous DJ, but Disney is Disney. It obviously doesn’t need any of his sweaty EDM money. Maybe Deadmau5 will just do some pro-bono remixing on future Disney soundtracks. “Let It Go 2 (Deadmau5 Remix)“ could be a pretty sweet club anthem.
Whatever the behind-the-scenes details are, at least now we can buy some officially licensed Deadmau5 BMX bikes. It’s about damn time.