The Beastie Boys have taken away GoldieBlox's license to ill. Bowing to legal pressure over the use of "Girls," a 1986 song from the rap trio, GoldieBlox changed the soundtrack in its viral ad to a purely instrumental tune. The original...Show More Summary
The Beastie Boys allege their work was copied without their permission. GoldieBlox is claiming that their use of the song Girls falls within the concept of fair use as a parody of the less-than-flattering-to-women song, and therefore doesn't require the Boys' consent. Show More Summary
The toy company, currently battling with the Beastie Boys, has reportedly featured unlicensed music in previous ads. GoldieBlox is currently getting heat for a possible instance of copyright infringement in its most recent commercial,...Show More Summary
Hey Ladies! What happened?
After the news came out that Goldieblox actually sued the Beastie Boys first (which we'll admit we initially got wrong), things for the start-up have been getting progressively hairier. Now someone's found an unusual clause in their Terms of Service, which has some preposterous claims about who can and can't link to their site. Yikes.
What kind of company takes a copyrighted hit song, rewrites the lyrics, and uses it in a commercial—without bothering to even ask the artist if that was okay? As Felix Salmon points out, the kind that comes from Silicon Valley's "cult of disruption." I've followed GoldieBlox since its Kickstarter because the founder is a friend of a friend. My interest...
Back in 1986, The Beastie Boys all pretended to be guys they eventually discovered they weren’t. Why should this negate everything they did after that?
Andy Baio's laid out a great legal analysis of the Beastie Boys/GoldieBlox kerfuffle. It's a must read, especially if you think that "ads can't be fair use" or "last wills carry more legal weight than fair use" or even "if GoldieBlox's video is fair use, then all advertisers will be able to use any song for free."
By now, you may have seen the adorable advertisement by GoldieBlox, which rewrites the lyrics to the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” to encourage girls to get into math and science. The Beasties have seen it too, and they’re not very happy about the use of their music in an ad. Show More Summary
It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially since Felix Salmon at Reuters points out this isn’t the first time GoldieBlox has used a song without permission for their online videos. The Silicon Valley startup’s first video “GoldieBlox Breaks into Toys R Us” used Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and there was no parody of lyrics at all. Show More Summary
A copyright dustup between The Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox has consumed the Web, but the legal issues aren't the most important matters at stake. The post GoldieBlox and the Three Beastie Boys appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
It was the kind of video you could tell would go viral the moment you watched it. A trio of young girls, bored watching TV shows about princesses, build an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine while rapping over the Beastie Boys’ ’80s single...Show More Summary
Should the Beasties let "Girls" be for the girls?
We'd already explained how commercial use can be fair use in the Goldieblox v. Beastie Boys case, but we've continued to see people attacking the idea that an advertisement could possibly be either parody or fair use. I was going toShow More Summary
We've already written about the dispute between Goldieblox and the Beastie Boys not once, but twice, coming down strongly on the side of Goldieblox in this dispute. However, as noted in Jeff Roberts' coverage of the case over at Gigaom,...Show More Summary
The Beastie Boys are embroiled in a copyright infringement battle with the toy company GoldieBlox about an ad the company made featuring an alternate version of the band's song, "Girls," Billboard reports. According to a lawsuit filed Thursday by GoldieBlox, which... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Beastie Boys Ad-Rock Mike D
It felt sort of ick that the Beastie Boys seemed to be trying to stop the re-appropriation of their song to such a great cause. But there's a reason for it. Read more
GoldieBlox created a catchy video set to the tune of the mid-1980s song, "Girls," for the Intuit Super Bowl ad competition. However, now the Beastie Boys are protesting the use of the song, leading to the beginnings of a legal war between the toy company and the band. Show More Summary
The Beastie Boys are rightfully irked. Never, in the history of their group, have they ever agreed to allow the use of their music in advertising. In fact, their late member, Adam Yauch, stated in his will that none of the group's music ever should be. And yet, we have......
We can all agree that the optics are’t good in the nascent case of GoldieBlox v. the Beastie Boys. For those of you who missed it, in the last week or so a … Read More