GoldieBlox is a startup that has filed a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys after parodying the song “Girls” in their viral video about their products. GoldieBlox is known for building toys and games for girls to encourage them to become engineers. GoldieBlox’s ad hit millions of views on YouTube so the Beastie Boys’ lawyer filed a lawsuit against them for copyright infringement. GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit against the Beastie Boys and their representatives in response.
The Beastie Boys wrote an open letter to GoldieBlox about the lawsuit. Here is what the open letter said:
“Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial ?GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys,? we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad.
We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.
As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads.
When we tried to simply ask how and why our song ?Girls? had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.”
The Beastie Boys questioned GoldieBlox about the video because they decided a long time ago that their music would be not be for selling a product. They also decided that their music and name should not be used in product ads. Above is the video in question.
– Beastie Boys Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against GoldieBlox