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Published: 2013/11/27

GoldieBlox Issues Statement to Beastie Boys

After Ad-Rock and Mike D of Beastie Boys issued a statement to popular toy company GoldieBlox yesterday, the company has responded with a statement of their own. GoldieBlox says they have removed the viral video that featured “Girls” and plan to revoke the lawsuit as long as they are no longer under threat of legal action.

GoldieBlox responded to Beastie Boys threatening legal action earlier this week with a lawsuit against the band, producer Rick Rubin and the record company. Now, it appears as if the dispute may be coming to an end.

Read the full statement from GoldieBlox 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.

Sincerely,
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox

Comments

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spikenyc November 27, 2013, 11:55:20

Wow! This is kind of inspiring. I think the ad was good and it was more of a tribute to the song then an expoitation of it.
Goldiblox should be applauded for their consideration. Also, in this new age of social and technological media
I think the Beastie Boys and all other artists should re-examine their policies about having their songs or art used for advertising. Sometimes it makes sense and other times it will not, but they should not close the door on it forever.

40aacres November 27, 2013, 12:52:32

That’s why women should rule the world!

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