Justin Bieber has scored a victory in court in the first round against the makers of a mobile gaming app that is modeled after his name.
Bieber’s legal tam sent a cease-and-desist letter to bosses at mobile games company RC3 earlier this year alleging that their ‘Joustin’ Beaver’ mobile app was infringing on the pop superstar’s trademark rights.
Team Bieber threatened to sue if the app wasn’t removed from the iTunes store, but the gaming company refused and filed a suit of their own, asking the court to declare that they were not breaking any laws, because the game is a parody.
District Court Judge Roy Dalton has dismissed RC3’s complaint against Bieber, simply because he does not live in Florida where the complaint was filed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The ruling from Dalton reads, “In this case, the Court finds that it cannot exercise specific jurisdiction over Bieber. RC3’s declaratory judgment action does not arise from nor is it directly related to any of Bieber’s business activities in Florida. This Court finds that intermittent concert performances and recording sessions are not directly related to the activity for which Bieber is being sued.”