GoldieBlox Backs Down from Copyright Fight with Beastie Boys
GoldieBlox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank
On November 21, after the Beastie Boys’ threatened suit, toy company GoldieBlox filed for declaratory judgment that its use of the Beastie Boys’ song, “Girls,” in one of its ads was fair use. The ad, for girls’ engineering toys, had previously gone viral. In their response, the Beastie Boys emphasized their consistent refusal to allow use of their songs in advertising. GoldieBlox removed the ad and promised to drop the suit if the Beastie Boys’ backed down.