This week, a toy company called GoldieBlox created a viral video with a parody of the 1987 song “Girls” by Beastie Boys. The YouTube video hit over 7.4 million views since last Sunday. By Wednesday, GoldieBlox was searched over 100,000 times on Google. However, the Beastie Boys have filed a copyright lawsuit against GoldieBlox. GoldieBlox’s video features three girls make a Rube Goldberg machine out of their toys. In the video, the lyrics to the song “Girls” was replaced with lyrics related to science and engineering.
GoldieBlox reported this on Thursday that the “The Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement.” The Beastie Boys’ lawyers said that the GoldieBlox video is a copyright infringement and is not a fair use. GoldieBlox said that their unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a big problem and has a very significant impact.
GoldieBlox is asking a judge to declare that there is no basis for the Beastie Boys to file a copyright infringement lawsuit. GoldieLox also asked for protection against a DMCA takedown notice for the video.