Deadmau5 Settles Lawsuit With Play Records Over Remixes, Mashups
Deadmau5 is not one to shy away from confrontation, but he and his legal team have decided to put one to bed in an amicable manner. The "Strobe" producer has decided to settle his lawsuit against his former label Play Records.
In the suit he and his legal team claimed the label was violating his moral rights when using his tracks for unauthorized remixes and mashups.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the settlement has two main terms. The court calls for Play Records and its principle owner Mellany Melody aka Melleefresh, who collaborated with deadmau5 on several songs during the era he was with the label, to no longer produce remixes and mashups of his master recordings. However Play Records does retain the rights to more than 100 original tracks, remixes and collaborations created by deadmau5 between 2006 and 2008, despite not being able to reproduce them in a new form.
"We are pleased to reach a mutually beneficial resolution, given our long-standing business history," Melody said to the Hollywood Reporter.
Play Records will continue to license the Canadian producer's catalog after the settlement.
Deadmau5 sued Play Records for tens of millions of damages in Ontario Court in October 2015 over the alleged unauthorized use of his songs in remixes and mashups.
Play Records was launched by Melleefresh in 1996 and signing deadmau5 to the label in 2006 helped to launch his career. His first big hit "Faxing Berlin" was released on the label.
In addition to settling this lawsuit, deadmau5 also dropped his cease & desist order against the producer behind Deadmouse: the Musical, which is a live theater production loosely based on his life for the Toronto live theater festival.