SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California toy company is fighting for its right to parody a popular Beastie Boys song.
Oakland-based GoldieBlox filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday seeking permission to continue using a spoof of the rap song “Girls.” The company’s marketing video of the spoof has gone viral in recent weeks. Some 8 million people have viewed it on YouTube. The video depicts girls singing about building spaceships and coding software.
The company said it filed the lawsuit after the Beastie Boys threatened their own legal action for copyright infringement.
On Monday, the two surviving band members said in an “open letter” that they support the company’s message of empowering girls. But they have a blanket ban on using their songs in advertisements.