In the New York Times today, Dave Itzkoff reports on the latest wrinkle in the copyright battle between SF tech-toy company GoldieBlox and beloved hip-hop band The Beastie Boys.
The Beastie Boys filed a lawsuit yesterday against girls’ toy company GoldieBlox for acting with “oppression, fraud and malice” over unauthorized use of the band’s song, “Girls,” in their popular commercial. The band insisted that they have never wanted to have their music to promote products and would not have approved GoldieBlox doing so. [New [...]
When girl-centric toymakers GoldieBlox issued a public apology for using The Beastie Boys' song "Girls" (with altered lyrics) in an online video/ad and took it offline, some might have thought that would be that. But the NY Times reports...
Remember when we thought, “Oh good, the fight between GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys is over because they totally apologized for using the band’s song in their ad and switched it out!”? Yeah well, it ain’t over until it’s over and in this case, that involves a countersuit from the Beastie Boys. They’re of the mind that the ad wasn’t … [More]
Last month, the Kickstarter-funded toy company GoldieBlox made a clever online commercial that used a parody of the Beastie Boys’ 1986 lunkhead classic “Girls” to soundtrack an ad in which little girls build a massive Rube Goldberg device. The one problem: They didn’t get permission from the Beastie Boys, and indeed they couldn’t have done [...]
The latest in the "Girls"-Goldieblox saga: the Beastie Boys have sued the toy company for "a systematic infringement of intellectual property." The suit claims that the GoldieBlox ad — which uses a parodied version of the band's 1987 song "Girls," and was removed from the Internet last month — is... More »
We all thought that the scuffle between the Beastie Boys and toymaker GoldieBlox was over when they apologized for using a parody of the song "Girls" in a commercial that celebrated girls in engineering and removed the song. As it turns out, the Beastie Boys are now going after them for profits that may have been made off of the commercial.
The rap group has filed a countersuit against the toy startup demanding a payout from its hit commercial, which featured a Beastie Boys song without their permission. The ongoing scuffle between the Beastie Boys and startup GoldieBlox doesn't look like it will end anytime soon. Show More Summary
The dispute isn't over -- after pulling the Beastie Boys' "Girls" from one viral advertisement, the toy company could also find itself facing claims over music from Daft Punk and others in more ads. read more
Just when it looked like the “Girls” battle between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox was over—or at least dying down—the rap group has filed suit against the toy manufacturer, seeking profits gained from what it says is an illegal parody of its song. Show More Summary
YouTube files hundreds of ContentID claims on game-related channels, Redtube users hit with legal threats and Beastie Boys hit back against GoldieBlox. The post 3 Count: Streaming Troubles appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
Thought the GoldieBlox vs Beastie Boys fight was over? Nope. While Goldieblox had posted a blog post effectively conceding that it would drop the lawsuit and stop using the song, it appears that they made no move to actually drop the...Show More Summary
The fair-use fight between Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox isn't over. After sparring several weeks ago over the unauthorized use of the Beasties song "Girls" in a GoldieBlox commercial that went viral, the toy company deleted the video and uploaded a new version with a different track (see below). Show More Summary
We thought we'd heard the last of that annoyingly-named publicity-grubbing girl-centric toy company, but nope, the saga of GoldieBlox vs. Beastie Boys goes on and on. Yesterday the group joined Def Jam, Sony, and Rick Rubin in a lawsuit filed to force GoldieBlox to hand over any profits derived from the company's unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys song "Girls." [ more › ]
I really didn't think the Beastie Boys would risk the bad PR to sue GoldieBlox for ripping them off in a toy ad. Boy, was I wrong: "GoldieBlox has acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice toward the Beastie Boys," reads their countersuit, reported by GigaOm's Jeff John Roberts, who has helpfully highlighted the best parts of the...
A famous rap group says in a new court filing that GoldieBlox, a maker of girls toys, had no right to use its song as part of a clever marketing campaign about girl empowerment. The group may be right.
Via Billboard Biz: In two recent legal spats involving copyrighted music of Marvin Gaye and the Beastie Boys, the copyright owners found themselves sued by the very parties alleged to be doing the infringing. Yes, you read that right. Show More Summary
Beastie Boys, Google and Warner Brothers all win big disputes while FilmOn X and Automattic file new ones of their own. The post Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 308 – Beasting Out appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
Summary: An eager toy start-up brand makes an incredible promotional video and bungles it by using a Beastie Boys song without permission. Did they really go "from hero to zero" like Adweek contends? Oh, no. GoldieBlox played it just right and became a bear.
I wrote on Monday that GoldieBlox's parody of the Beastie Boys song "Girls" was a a "clear case" of copyright infringement. As Felix Salmon pointed out (ADDING: and Shane Ferro, I should say), that overstated the legal argument quite a bit—it's rarely clear on much involving copyright and fair use claims. I do still think GoldieBlox's actions were egregious enough...