The Beastie Boys are threatening to sue GoldieBlox because the toy company used a parody of the Beastie Boys' song Girls in their awesome video showing little girls using an enormous Rube Goldberg contraption to turn off a shitty princess TV ad. Along with Universal Music, the Beastie Boys sent a letter to GoldieBlox threatening a copyright infringement claim. GoldieBlox decided to strike first, and has filed for a declaratory judgment in California, saying that their version is a parody and it's protected fair use.


As much as I love the Beastie Boys, the lyrics to the original Girls are pretty wack:

The Goldiebox ad beautifully parodies the original song, and I love the girls singing the lyrics. Catchy as hell. That song always bothered me, and now I love it. Beastie Boys should be thanking these GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!


[via Techdirt]

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