Deadmau5 Reaches Settlement with Play Records over Unauthorized Remixes

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished May 3, 2016

After filing a multi-million dollar suit against Toronto company Play Records over allegedly unauthorized remixes in October of last year, EDM star deadmau5, also known as Joel Zimmerman, has reached a settlement with his former Canadian label.

The settlement orders Play Records and company president Meleny "Melleefresh" Brown to no longer create or release new remixes or mashups that use deadmau5's master recordings. It also states that Play Records will retain the rights to more than 100 original tracks, collaborations and remixes created by deadmau5 between 2006 and 2008.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Brown explained that Play Records will continue to license and exploit the catalog following the settlement. "We are pleased to reach a mutually beneficial resolution, given our long-standing business history," she said.

Brown signed deadmau5 to a management and publishing deal in 2006. Upon moving to new management, Zimmerman handed ownership of his early tracks over to Play in 2008.

The suit stated that "The Settlement Agreement expressly provided that Zimmerman did not waive his moral rights with respect to any so-called future remixes — if any were to be made — because by definition any future remix had not been created yet. Thus, Zimmerman would have no way of knowing in advance whether they were objectionable or whether he would want his name disassociated with them; i.e. in order to protect his right of paternity to remain anonymous and not be associated with them."

Listen to some deadmau5 remixes that Play released last year below.

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