By Matt Cross | 12/15/2013 |
The saga continues in the dispute between the Beastie Boys and toy-maker GoldieBlox. As you may recall, weeks ago GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit in an effort to have a federal district court declare their parody of the BeastieBoy tune “Girls” in their viral video a “fair use” under United States copyright law.
GoldieBlox ostensibly took this adversarial stance without knowledge of a provision in the will of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. According to a copy of the will obtained by Rolling Stone, Mr. Yauch’s will provides as follows:
“Not withstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”