Justin Bieber was suing Games Developer RC3 but instead they sued him first

Reblogged from IGN, originally posted by Justin Davis

RC3, developer of a Justin Bieber parody Android app Joustin’ Beaver, has filed a lawsuit against the young pop star. The move comes in response to a cease-and-desist letter RC3 received from Bieber’s attorneys.

In its lawsuit, RC3 full admits that Joustin’ Beaver is inspired by Bieber, but argues that the game is an act of parody and is therefore protected under the First Amendment:

“In an effort to comment upon the Defendant’s life, the Plaintiff, RC3 developed the aforementioned App entitled ‘Joustin’ Beaver.’ The App, a video game, is a parody of the commercial success of the Defendant and any celebrity. The parody app portrays a beaver floating on a log down a river. The beaver presents with bangs, a lance, and a purple sweater. The beaver knocks ‘Phot-Hogs’ that are attempting to take his photograph into the river with his lance. The beaver also signs ‘Otter-graphs.’ The beaver also must dodge the ‘whirlpool of success,’ which will lead beaver out of control, while navigating the river.”

Bieber’s camp, for its part, contends that the game infringes on the heartthrob’s trademark claims.

What this boils down to is whether potential customers will be confused by the app, believing it to be an official licensed or endorsed Justin Bieber product.

Android owners can nab Joustin’ Beaver from the Android Marketplace for $0.99.

our sincere thanks to IGN


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