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GoldieBlox Drops Suit Against Beastie Boys

November 28, 2013

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GoldieBlox, a California company that makes a line of construction toys for girls, has dropped a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys over a song used in an ad.

The company, whose toys are aimed at getting girls interested in engineering at a young age, filed a lawsuit asserting its use of a parody of the Beastie Boys' song "Girls" was "fair use," CNN reported.

"We don't want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans," GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling wrote in an online letter to the Beastie Boys

"When we made our parody version of your song, 'Girls', we did it with the best of intentions," the letter said. "We wanted to transform it into a powerful anthem for girls."

Sterling said the company did not know that Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who died last year, put in his will that he wanted his songs to never be used in advertising.

"We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising," Sterling said. "Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours."

The song has since been removed from the video and the lawsuit has been dropped.

"Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video," the letter said. "In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team."


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