After a week of back-and-forth, it looks like the copyright scrap between toy company GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys saga might finally be drawing to a close, just in time for everyone's lawyers to go home for Thanksgiving. Read more...
Everyone loved the online ad from GoldieBlox that used a parody version of the Beastie Boys song “Girls” to help make its point about encouraging girls to be interested in toys that are more science-y than princess-y. Even the Beastie Boys praised the ad…but that doesn’t mean they want their music used to sell a commercial product. “As creative as … [More]
The story of Goldiblox and the Beastie Boys has gained traction in recent days, and for good reason — it's a nuanced conflict with no obvious resolution. Goldiblox is a start-up toymaker with the noble goal of getting girls into engineering and teaching them STEM skills. Show More Summary
Less than a week after it launched a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys over use of the song "Girls," GoldieBlox has removed the track from its viral video and written an open letter to the group looking to settle the...
As a mother of a little girl, I came across Goldieblox in my search for un-pink toys. The company's goal is to inspire a new generation of engineers to equalize the playing field as only 11% of engineers are women, worldwide. As someone also raised on late '80s -- early......
Days after filing court documents to keep their version of the Beastie Boys' song, "Girls" in their commercial, Goldieblox has announced that they're pulling the song from the ad. What's driving the change? The company claims it's out of respect for Adam Yauch's request that his music not be used in advertising.
This isn't a huge surprise, but given all the publicity, Goldieblox has agreed to pull down the video that included the Beastie Boys' song "Girls," with an open letter to the remaining members of the band, saying that while they believe...Show More Summary
Toy company GoldieBlox has made a big overture to rap group the Beastie Boys to try to end the dispute over their parody of "Girls" in a viral commercial.
GoldieBlox, a San Francisco toymaker, removed the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” from an online ad after the band complained, adding in a statement, “We don’t want to fight with you.”
GoldieBlox replaced the music in its Rube Goldberg-inspired video hit, saying in an open letter that it wanted to avoid a legal fight with the Beastie Boys.
Toy company remove its Beastie Boys parody song from advert after receiving legal warnings from the band's lawyers Toy manufacturers GoldieBlox have backed down in its legal battle with the Beastie Boys. GoldieBlox upset the band after...Show More Summary
What has gotten lost in the Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox hysteria is that fair use is an important principle when it comes to copyright, and we would be better off as a society if we supported it rather than chipping away at its effectiveness
The Beastie Boys have apparently won their girlie battle with GoldieBlox. The toy company has removed its parody of the Boys’ “Girls” in its viral commercial, replacing it instead with an instrumental track. The original version of the video, the one that made everyone aware that GoldieBlox existed, has been set to private on YouTube. Show More Summary
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Ad-Rock at MoMA last week (more by Amanda Hatfield) In case you aren't caught up with the toy company GoldieBlox vs Beastie Boys drama, they posted an video/ad (which has since been taken down) which repurposed the Beasties' song "Girls"...
If the message was female empowerment, then GoldieBlox made its point. The startup, which aims to teach little girls that they can be engineers and build cool stuff, lost the battle but won the war in its fight with the Beastie Boys A recap: GoldieBlox released a video last week featuring a Rube Goldberg contraption built by girls. Show More Summary
The company has removed the song from their advertisement, which it hopes will put an end to the strife once and for all.
Ultimately, in a clash between a man’s dying wishes and the huge and very delicate legal framework that supports fair use and transformative works, I have to support transformative works. Read more
What counts as fair-use parody, and what counts as a simple advertisement? For the past few days, many of us have been arguing and wondering over those things, thanks to a viral toy commercial that put a feminist spin on the Beastie Boys’ ridiculously catchy 1986 lunkhead standard “Girls.” The YouTube commercial, from the Kickstarter-funded [...]
GoldieBlox, which used a Beastie Boys song on fair-use grounds and sued for declaratory judgment upon the band's objection, backed down today.