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Beastie Boys countersue over ‘Girls’ parody ad, rekindling legal battle

11
Dec
2013

When GoldieBlox removed a parody of the Beastie Boys song Girls from an ad for its toys, it seemed like a brief but heated debate over fair use and copyright ethics was over. Apparently we were wrong, as the Beastie Boys have now sued the toymaker for copyright and trademark infringement and demanded a jury trial. Rather than developing an original advertising campaign to inspire its customers to create and innovate, GoldieBlox has instead developed an advertising campaign that condones and encourages stealing from others, they write, asking for court costs, lost profits from infringement, money earned by GoldieBlox as a result of the ads, and a permanent injunction against any further use of the re-recorded song. GoldieBlox has … developed an advertising campaign that condones and encourages stealing.

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