Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox Settle Legal Dispute


The “Princess Machine” commercial for GoldieBlox used a parody of ‘Girls’ by the Beastie Boys, sparking litigation between the band and the company. IMG: via GoldieBlox/YouTube

The Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox have settled a dispute over the use of the song “Girls” in a viral video promoting the company’s engineering tools for girls.

The video “Princess Machine,” which was first released in November and is now private on YouTube, features an elaborate Rube Goldberg device, set to a cover of the group’s song with alternate lyrics like, “cause all our toys look just the same and we would like to use our brains.”

“The lawsuit between the Beastie Boys and GolieBloz concerning GoldieBlox’s use of the Beastie Boys song ‘Girls’ has been settled,” a spokesperson for GoldieBlox told Rolling Stone.

GoldieBlox was founded by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford University graduate who majored in mechanical engineering and product design. She wanted to make toys that would get girls interested in areas like math, science and construction from an early age.

GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys exchanged relatively friendly letters, in which both groups expressed support for the goals of the other but made clear their litigious intentions.

Despite the Beastie Boys liking what GoldieBlox is doing, they don’t want their songs to be used for any form of marketing materials.

“As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads,” the group said in a letter to GoldieBlox.

Thankfully they were pretty nice about it. The settlement includes an apology from GoldieBlox on their website, and a donation to charities selected by the Beastie Boys that encourage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for girls.


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