Beastie Boys have posted an open statement to GoldieBlox clarifying their current legal row.
Earlier this month, a video from Californian toy company GoldieBlox went viral. Billing themselves as a company which sets “out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses” the clip quickly reached a global audience.
Undermining the tongue-in-cheek misogyny of Beastie Boys’ 1987 cut ‘Girls’, the new lyrics contain lines such as “Girls build a spaceship/Girls code the new app/Girls that grow up knowing/That they can engineer that.”
A legal wrangle soon erupted, though, with GoldieBlox claiming that that the band had argued copyright infringement and that lawyers for the Beastie Boys state the video “is not a fair use.”
In response, Beastie Boys have handed an open statement to the New York Times, in which they support the essential theme of the advert but decry any attempt to use their music for commercial gain – something MCA even outlined in his will.
Read the statement below:
Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial “GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys,” we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad.
We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.
As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads.
When we tried to simply ask how and why our song “Girls” had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.
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Watch the original advert below.
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