Android app maker RC3 has been hit with a cease and desist letter from Justin Bieber's camp about a game called Joustin' Beaver, which features a purple sweater-wearing beaver with fabulously lush swoopy bangs who must dodge the pitfalls of fame and "Phot-Hogs" (i.e. photographers) who try to thwart him as he crosses the river.
Bieber's legal eagles demanded that the company immediately stop marketing and selling the game, claiming that it infringes on the star's copyright and could cause confusion among his young fans as to who exactly is marketing the app. They even threatened to sue if the company didn't pull the game right away.
Now RC3 is turning the tables on the star. They filed their own lawsuit "seeking a declaration of its non-infringement, non-dilution, non-passing off and non-misrepresentation of Bieber's trademark," according to The Hollywood Reporter and claim that Bieber's demands impede upon their first amendment rights, in which parody is protected.
"In an effort to comment on 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 lawsuit states.
Either way, that's the furriest beaver we've ever seen.
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