developer RC3 has filed a preemptive lawsuit against pop sensation Justin Bieber, after the performer's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to the studio. The Biebster's lawyers feel the game infringes on the teen heartthrob's trademark and publicity rights, while RC3 claims the game is parody and protected under the First Amendment.
"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 developer claims in its suit, which can be read in its entirety on The Hollywood Reporter
. "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."
With the U.S. Supreme Court placing the same free speech protections
on games that exist in other media forms, it comes down to Bieber's attorneys showing that the game uses the, ahem
, intellectual property of the star. If the court finds in favor of the Biebster, all the developer's Joustin' Beaver
profits could go toward a new pair of Swarovski crystal kicks for the singer.