So what's new with the Biebster you ask? Well, other than turning the big one-eight in a couple days, and buying Selena Gomez islands or whatever, everything seemed to be status quo for Justin Bieber. But now it turns out the tween heartthrob is embroiled in a big-boy lawsuit with RC3, a maker of Android apps, who developed either-a-brilliant-or-terribly-titled video game called "Joustin' Beaver." And because it sounded like a bad porn parody, or perhaps because the Biebs would be embarrassed the next time he's in the lab with Timba and Weezy, Bieber's legal team sent a cease and desist letter to RC3 ordering them to put the kibosh on the app.
RC3 not only didn't back down, they also ended up filing a preemptive lawsuit against Bieber for the right to distribute the game. RC3 didn't try to hide where they drew inspiration from in creating the ninety-nine-cent app. According to the lawsuit:
"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."
Sounds like fun?
The game should probably be discontinued due to its use of puns alone, but that's another issue. RC3 is invoking its First Amendment right to appropriate Bieber's intellectual property since they're commenting on the singer's life in a "parody." The company is hoping to win a judgment that repudiates any accusations of infringement or misrepresentation of the Bieber trademark. That decision could very well come down to the judge's true feelings about the song "Baby."
If Team Bieber wins the case, that could mean Biebs is entitled to the company's profits from the game, which in turn could mean a nice raise for his swagger coach. But that could be difficult after the Supreme Court's ruling last June that video games should be accorded the same free-speech protections as movies, books, and music. If RC3 prevails, expect to see games like "Jonas and the Whale" and "Smiley Saurus."