Leave it to “Joustin’ Beaver” to turn around and give Justin Bieber a taste of his own bitter lawsuit medicine.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Android app maker RC3 has filed a lawsuit against Bieber, claiming it has the right to distribute its game, “Joustin’ Beaver” — a legal move that comes on the heels of Bieber’s own cease-and-desist letter two weeks ago to the company, threatening legal action if the app wasn’t halted.
According to the suit, 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.”
Yeah, that sounds about right.
The suit contends: “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.”
So the company is totally admitting to using Biebs’ life as inspiration for the game, and by claiming it’s a parody, RC3 says it has a First Amendment right to use his intellectual property (or his bangs, if you will) and namesake.
RC3 now wants a declaration of its non-infringement of the teen idol’s trademark and that it’s protected by the First Amendment.
What do you think? Is RC3 out of line or should Bieber lighten up? Will you be jumping on the “Joustin’ Beaver” bandwagon, er, log?