Hardly unfounded, Zimmerman's cease and desist stems from a Mickey Mouse "Re-Micks," which pairs footage from vintage Disney cartoons with the artist's song "Ghosts 'n' Stuff." The use of the track is so intentional that the short, too, is called "Ghosts 'n' Stuff."
The only trouble is that Zimmerman claims he never gave Disney permission to use the song. As such, he's sent out a cease and desist.
After sending out the notice, he posted the full details to Twitter. Describing it as "complete pwnage," he posted the whole thing.
UPDATE: Disney has responded to deadmau5's complaint, telling Rolling Stone: "Disney vigorously protects its trademark rights, and we oppose Mr. Zimmerman's attempt to register a logo that is nearly identical to our trademarks for his commercial exploitation. Our opposition is not about the use of the Deadmau5 costume. The music was appropriately licensed, and there is no merit to his statement."
Check out the string of tweets below, along with the "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" video.
anyone wanna see some complete pwnage?— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 4, 2014
So now, @disney is illegally using my work... and CONFUSING people that id actualyly work with these twats.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 4, 2014
lets test a theory, it takes em 10 years to oppose a trademark, lets see how long it takes em to take down a video.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 4, 2014
can i has trademark now? thnks.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 4, 2014
Thanks to Billboard for the tip.
I wish disney wasnt such a "corperation". We could have done great things together.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 4, 2014