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    Justin Bieber v. ‘Joustin’ Beaver’: App spurs a lawsuit

    courtesy Getty ImagesTween heartthrob Justin Bieber got a rather unwanted present as he turned 18 earlier this week: A new lawsuit. And this one's even weirder than last year's paternity claim.

    The makers of the Joustin' Beaver game for Android phones have filed a lawsuit against the pop star in a preemptive move to ensure their game can be sold, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    The game features a Beaver (who just so happens to look a lot like Bieber) floating down a river on a log. His task is to knock "Phot-Hogs" (who are trying to take his picture) into the river with a lance and sign "Otter-graphs" for his fans. The lawsuit notes the water animal also has to dodge the whirlpool of success, which spins the Beav out of control.

    [Related: Taylor Swift Gets Punk'd By Buddy Justin Bieber]

    Clearly, it's satire, but Bieber's attorneys aren't laughing. Two weeks ago, they sent a cease and desist letter to the developer, threatening to take them to court if the game wasn't squashed. Instead, that developer, RC3, beat them to the punch after negotiations went nowhere.

    It's hoping a judge will rule that the First Amendment protects the game as a parody. If that Constitutional argument sounds somewhat familiar, it's because it's similar to the one Electronic Arts is using in its preemptory suit against Bell Helicopters in a dispute over the use of specific choppers in Battlefield 3.

    Expect the Bieber camp to argue that the similarity of the rodent's appearance to the singer could be misconstrued by his fans (um, Bieber's, not the Beaver's) as an endorsement of the game, and that the developers are exploiting his fame to make a profit for themselves.

    That's all well and good, but we think there's another party who might have a stake in this. Unfortunately, Jerry Mathers has not yet weighed in on the Bieber/Beaver situation.

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    • That one kid!  •  Dallas, Texas  •  2 days 2 hours ago
      The comments are much better than the article itself
    • Isa Noman  •  Oshawa, Canada  •  1 day 20 hours ago
      a sense of humour could help in this
    • jenny  •  3 days ago
      lol i dont care im just here to read the comments
    • Shane  •  2 days 20 hours ago
      I dont understand what he's being sued for..
    • pit bulls bite  •  2 days 6 hours ago
      the cartoon is better looking.....
    • john s  •  2 days 7 hours ago
      which one is which?
    • Bobby Boy  •  Mendon, New York  •  2 days 7 hours ago
      Aaah lawyers, they'll find a way to suck the blood out of anything!
    • Stephanie  •  San Francisco, California  •  2 days 23 hours ago
      this is just a way for the developers to get the name of this game out there .... with publicity like this...
    • GRATEFUL  •  2 days 1 hour ago
      I guess the next thing is average, every day, parents will be filing trademark and copyright applications before giving birth. What a world.
    • CAPTAIN AMERICA  •  23 hours ago
      WHO CARES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    • A Yahoo! User  •  St Louis, Missouri  •  1 day 0 hours ago
      Every time I see this kid it gives me the creeps...
    • mando the god  •  Irvine, California  •  2 days 5 hours ago
      we dont hate justin bieber cuz hes famous, he's famous cuz we hate him...
    • Patriots Fan  •  Milwaukee, Wisconsin  •  21 hours ago
      Sounds to me like he doesn't have a case . . Beavers eat wood .. and Bieber looks like he'll never get any wood
    • SharonaSayzRwar  •  1 day 0 hours ago not sure how to react to this
    • Niki  •  Romeoville, Illinois  •  1 day 1 hour ago
      lol how they gonna sue him, he was born before the video game
    • jerry  •  New York, New York  •  1 day 1 hour ago
    • Moesha G.  •  Beaumont, Texas  •  2 days 1 hour ago why is he being sued??
    • MonicaL  •  White Plains, New York  •  23 hours ago
      This is ridiculous! How can someone who created some silly App sue someone for his legal name?
    • Cary  •  23 hours ago
      We are a sue happy culture. No communication without a lawyer. We need a lawyer just to get up and go to work.
    • da what  •  1 day 0 hours ago
      clearly the makers of this stupid as it sounds game do not have the talent to come up with something on there own that they have to use something that is tied to a famous person,place or thing . i am by no means a bieber fan but it is clear that this game is trying to ride on his coat tails there is no denying the kid has talent

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