Deadmau5 is being sued by a cat-themed online retailer over the use of his cat's name Meowingtons.
Emma Bassiri — who owns a cat-themed online shop called Meowingtons.com — is taking the EDM producer to court of over the use of the name, which she claims she should be able to use since she opened her shop in 2014.
Deadmau5 believes that Bassiri is, in fact, a long-time fan of his, and therefore she knew full well that he had called his cat Meowingtons when he adopted the cat back in 2010.
The Canadian producer has since filed a petition to the U.S Patent and Trademark office in December seeking to cancel Miss Bassiri's trademark.
Miss Bassiri's spokesman said: "The act of naming your pet animal is not protected by the trademark laws of any country of which I am aware."
Bassiri is now taking her case to court in Florida, suing for trademark infringement and unfair competition, and is asking the court to declare that she has senior use and priority right to the disputed trademark.
Hitting back, Deadmau5's own lawyer told the Hollywood Report that: “Deadmau5 has been extremely generous and attempted to resolve this matter amicably.
"However, as demonstrated by their legal action, they have no intention to address and remedy their intentional infringement and now attempt to extort and deprive our client of his rights and we will take all available measures to protect and enforce his rights.”
Deadmau5 has also spoken out about the dispute stating that he and his legal team are going to "litigate this woman out of existence. Bye bye Emma Bassiri. I am going to protect the trademark I have been using since 2011.”
The Candian producer recently shared a short documentary on his new live show called Cube 2.1 which he will be touring this year.
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