The Beastie Boys has filed a lawsuit against toymaker GoldieBlox for copy infringement, seeking all profits the company may have generated from the viral spot.
The bands’ legal woes began in November, when the toymaker made a preemptive move and sued the band, alleging its members threatened the company with copyright infringement. At the time, GoldieBlox said they used the band’s song “Girls” as a parody in the commercial, which constituted “fair use.”
In an open letter, Mike D and Ad-Rock, argued: “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.”
In Tuesday, the remaining members of Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock filed a countersuit at US District Court in Oakland, California, saying the toy company used their song without their permission. The band’s lawyers allege that GoldieBlox acted “willfully, maliciously and oppressively with a willful disregard of the harm that would be suffered by the Beastie Boys parties.”
The band is seeking all profits the company may have generated through airing the viral spot.
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