Beastie Boys' 'Girls' sets off copyright fight for viral video

GoldieBlox is a company dedicated to selling sophisticated toys for girls. However, after one of GoldieBlox’s videos featured alternative lyrics to the Beastie Boys song “Girls,” The Hollywood Reporter says the company has filed a lawsuit against Island Def Jam Music Group claiming that “the Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement. Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use, and that GoldieBlox’s unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a ‘big problem’ that has a ‘very significant impact.’”

GoldieBlox is asking for their song to be declared a parody “to clarify the rights of the parties, and to refute the baseless assertion of copyright infringement finally and definitively. Plaintiff seeks a declaratory judgment holding that its parody video does not infringe any copyrights held by Defendants and is protected by the Fair Use Doctrine.”

You can read the complaint here via THR, and watch the video in question below:

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