Girls vs. Boys
The latest copyright infringement case to stir up a media storm is between the legendary Beastie Boys and SF-based GoldieBlox, a start-up that makes toys and games to encourage girls to explore science and technology. In a recent online ad, GoldieBlox parodies the Beastie Boys song "Girls" by changing the misogynistic lyrics to be more empowering—but neglected to ask permission, later citing fair use. When the hip-hop group enquired, GoldieBlox preemptively sued them, causing the Beastie Boys to issue an open letter reminding the public of their long-established decision to not allow their music to be used in product ads (it's even written in Adam 'MCA' Yauch's will). The most recent updates show that GoldieBlox has folded, posting a letter on their website Wednesday apologizing to the Beastie Boys and uploading a new video to YouTube with the song removed.