Beastie Boys Gotta Fight, But Probably Won't Win

Law360, New York (November 25, 2013, 8:39 PM EST) -- The Beastie Boys are fighting against the right of a small toymaker to use one of their songs in a girl-empowering parody advertisement, but copyright attorneys say the wildly popular video's critical message means it's probably legal fair use.

GoldieBlox Inc., a toy startup that makes construction toys aimed at girls, uses the tune to the 1987 hit song “Girls” but changes many of the lyrics to riff on what it calls the "highly sexist” message of the original. It shows three young girls rejecting traditional...
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