Deadmau5 in court fight over cat Meowingtons

Deadmau5 in court fight over cat Meowingtons

Deadmau5 is filing a legal suit against a Florida online store owner for allegedly appropriating the name of his cat.

Meowingtons was adopted by the DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, in 2010, and has become something of a celebrity in his own right. The feline has inspired the world’s first line of cat-specific headphones, had a compilation and tour named after him, and featured on Deadmau5 merchandise and album art.

Deadmau5 attempted to trademark the name ‘Meowingtons’ last year and was rejected, due to it already being used by meowingtons.com, an online cat-themed gift and apparel store based in Florida.

Arguing that the store is infringing his Meowingtons mark, due to it being set up in 2014, Deadmau5’s attorney claims: “Unauthorised use of the MEOWINGTONS mark has already caused actual confusion in the marketplace, chilling [Deadmau5]’s licensing program and depriving [Deadmau5] of the ability to control the use of its valuable intellectual property.”

Alexander Gold

Dedicated polymath Alex was born at a very young age and started his magical journey working in music marketing for former Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies, before being head-hunted by Development Hell – publishers of The Word and Mixmag, kicking off a glorious tenure in the world of music journalism he still enjoys to this day. Forging a musical career in parallel, he has performed all over the world on too many instruments to mention, with acts as diverse as original ’77 punk legends The Boys (Joey Ramone’s favourite band) to The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra. He’s also dabbled in the heady world of film, playing Clash drummer Topper Headon opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Joe Strummer in 2016’s London Town. A career highlight thus far has been a big old hug from Rod Stewart. Ahhhh.

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