'Joustin' Beaver' App Doesn't Step On Justin Bieber's IP: Suit

Law360, New York (February 27, 2012, 10:56 PM EST) -- Florida app maker RC3 Inc. on Friday hit pop sensation Justin Bieber with a suit claiming that its phonetically similar ‘Joustin’ Beaver’ iPhone app is protected by the First Amendment and that it does not violate any of the teen star’s trademarks.

In a complaint filed in Florida federal court, RC3 claimed that its promotion of the app, which spoofs Bieber’s celebrity lifestyle through a beaver character sporting Bieber’s signature haircut while dodging “Phot-Hogs” representing paparazzi, and signing “otter-graphs,” is within their constitutional rights to free...
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