While GoldieBlox aims to sell sophisticated, science-based toys for girls, the startup company refuses to take its hit commercial down without a fight. The ad, which features an alternative version of the Beastie Boys' hit "Girls," with new lyrics promoting female empowerment, is said to be the subject of a copyright infringement threat from the band.
According to a lawsuit filed on Thursday by GoldieBlox, "the Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement. Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use and that GoldieBlox's unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a 'big problem' that has a 'very significant impact.'" GoldieBlox then went to to a California federal court to get declaratory relief that the video does not amount to copyright infringement. Read the complaint.
Now, the Beastie Boys' surviving members Mike D and Ad-Rock have penned an open letter to the startup providing some insight into their side of the dispute.