Disney executives are locked in a battle with dance music star Deadmau5 over allegations his logo is too similar to the company’s iconic image of Mickey Mouse.
The Ghosts ’n’ Stuff hitmaker applied for a trademark last year to use his brand to cover a diverse range of products including electrical and scientific equipment, toys and sporting goods.
Disney bosses began investigating the registration in March because they are convinced the DJ’s signature headgear and logo bears a striking resemblance to their beloved cartoon character.
They took legal action on Tuesday in a bid to stop Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman, having the trademark approved in the U.S. and claim granting his application will damage Disney’s business worldwide.
The DJ’s attorney Dina LaPolt tells TMZ.com that Deadmau5 already has a trademark in 30 other countries including the U.K., Japan and Germany and he is prepared to fight Disney bosses for it.