Goldieblox Removes ‘Girls’ Video, Makes Nice With Beastie Boys
It looks as though the Goldieblox / Beastie Boys legal debate couldl be over before the case hits courts. The toy company has issued a new statement in which they reveal that they don't want to fight with the living members of the group and were unaware of Adam Yauch's wishes that the band's music not be used for commercial purposes at the time they created their parody of the song 'Girls.'
The message, posted at the company's website, says they still believe their spot falls under the fair usage laws, but they no longer want to pursue any legal course and have removed the video as a sign of good faith.
The trouble started when Goldieblox shot a very creative video empowering young girls and breaking down stereotypes by promoting their new line of toys. The video featured a reworked version of the Beasties' 'Girls' with the lyrics more in line with the message. The band reportedly reached out to Goldieblox to ask about the usage of the song since they hadn't licensed it and were met with preemptive legal action from the company seeking to "vindicate the rights" of the company in connection with the parody video.
The full letter can be seen below:
Dear Adam and Mike,
We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
When we made our parody version of your song, ‘Girls’, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.
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.
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. 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.
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox