Beastie Boys counter-sue toy company GoldieBlox over copyright claim

The company used the song 'Girls' in an advert without asking the band's permission

Beastie Boys have counter-sued toy company GoldieBlox over copyright infringement.

The company recently parodied the hip-hop group’s song ‘Girls’ in an advert without their permission, claiming that their take on the track could be considered “fair use”. It was then revealed that the company had taken preemptive legal action against the Beastie Boys, leading the surviving members of the group to write: “When we tried to simply ask how and why our song ‘Girls’ had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.”

The band filed their counter claim yesterday (December 10) in New York, reports Consequence Of Sound. They group ask that all profits which stem from the use of their song go to the band. In the new suit, the Beastie Boys‘ lawyers state that the toy company have “acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud and malice toward the Beastie Boys Parties”.

GoldieBlox recently wrote an open letter to Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, seemingly backing down. “We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans,” stated ‘Team GoldieBlox’, adding: “Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.”

In the letter, the company wrote that they were unaware that the late Adam Yauch had requested in his will that Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising.

The advert took the misogynistic lyrics of the original track and replaced them with lines about females taking part in science and engineering industries. In legal documents, the company stated of the advert: “GoldieBlox created its parody video with specific goals to make fun of the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company’s goal to break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”