House music DJ and producer Deadmau5 is launching legal action against his former record label over their use of his early recordings without his permission.
Deadmau5 – real name Joel Zimmerman – is suing Canadian label Play Records who he worked with at the inception of his career around ten years ago. Zimmerman initially created remixes for Play Records and went on to sign publishing and management contracts with the label and it’s co-founder, Melleny Brown.
However, Deadmau5 terminated his Play Records contracts in 2007 upon moving to London and signing new deals.
Negotiations to terminate the Play Records contracts saw Deadmau5 pay a sum of money to the company and also assigning them ownership of some of his early recordings but specified that remixes of the tracks in question were not to be released without his prior written consent.
Deadmau5 has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Play Records claiming breach of contract and infringement of his copyright and moral rights under Canadian law due to Play Records releasing remixes of his early work without his permission and their future plans to release more.