RC3, the development studio behind Joustin' Beaver Android game, has filed a preemptive lawsuit against Justin Bieber, disputing a cease-and-desist letter issued by the pop singer's attorneys.
In the cease-and-desist letter, Justin Bieber lawyers claim that the game infringes on his trademarks and publicity rights. On the other hand, RC3 affirms that the game is a parody that is protected under the first amendment.
In the lawsuit, RC3 admitted that the game was inspired by Bieber's life. "In an effort to comment upon the Defendant's life, the Plaintiff, RC3 developed the aforementioned App entitled Joustin' Beaver," the lawsuit filing reads. "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."