GoldieBlox Removes Beastie Boys Song From Viral Video
According to the New York Times, GoldieBlox also dropped their lawsuit against the Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond. This after the rap duo sued the toymaker for copyright-infringement over the use of ‘Girls’ in the video.
The clip, which features a group of young girls singing about the wonders of science and engineering, amassed over 10 million views before it was pulled down.
“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,” the Beasties said of the original video in an open letter.
In a blog post, GoldieBlox and its founder, Debbie Sterling, stated that they were unaware the group didn’t allow its songs to be used in advertisements, which the late Adam “MCA” Yauch expressed in his will before he passed away in 2012.
The message, in part, reads:
Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours. Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video.
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. We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.”
Attorneys for the Beastie Boys had no comment on the letter.