Beastie Boys Sue GoldieBlox Over Copyright Infringement (Recap)
While some think GoldieBlox used the song to drum up controversy, they later pulled the commercial and issued an apology. The Beastie Boys, however, aren't satisfied and have just sued the company.
The lawsuit states that GoldieBlox "has acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice toward the Beastie Boys." The suit adds that the commercial "directly coincided with and directly resulted in a massive increase in the sales of GoldieBlox products." Additionally, the Beastie Boys argue that the GoldieBlox advertisement "Girls," constitutes "copyright infringement and is not fair use."
The toy company filed a preemptive lawsuit against the Beastie Boys in November stating: "GoldieBlox created its parody video specifically to comment on the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company's goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video has gone viral on the Internet, and has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song."
However, in the Beastie Boys' suit they counterclaim this argument, stating that instead of inspiring the next generation of female engineers, GoldieBlox have "engaged in the systematic infringement of intellectual property from numerous popular music groups, including Beastie Boys." - more on this story
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