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Beastie Boys Sue GoldieBlox

By Matt Cross  |  12/15/2013  |  Leave a Comment

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.”