This article on hypervocal discusses how emotions are clouding the judgement of many over this lawsuit. Many are arguing on the side of GoldieBlox because of the fact that the Beastie Boys are notorious for suing over any use of their songs or image, while others say that GoldieBlox is a for profit company that is using one of the Beastie Boys song's in an advertisment without permission or reimbursment.
I feel that it is understandable to chastise the Beastie Boys over some of their lawsuits, as some of them were truly rediculous. However I also feel that GoldieBlox is clearly in the wrong here, they are acting solely for profit here, and the Beastie Boys have been comepletely against others using their music for any commercial benifit since the begining, and they have been very adamant about letting everyone know that that is how they feel. While GoldieBlox's video is inspiring and showing how girls are just as every bit intelligent and diverse as boys, the video is still an advertisement for their for-profit company, and to use a licensed song in such a way with absolutely no permission or rights, is not alright.
Rollingstone says that GoldieBlox was the first to file a lawsuit in this case, seeking a declatory judgement that their parody of "Girls" was in fair use. GoldieBlox makes the argument that its revision of the original sexist lyrics constitutes a case of fair use.
RollingStone.com Girls Against Boys: What's Wrong With the (Latest) Beastie Boys Lawsuit EFF “Oh no!” said the email that went round the EFF office on Friday.
John Willis's insight:
This article goes into detail about four factors about whats wrong with the lawsuit put forth by the Beastie Boys. The factors include the purpose of use for the song, the original works purpose, whether GoldieBlox used more than they needed of the copyrighted material, and finally whether or not the use of this copyrighted material finacially hurt the Beastie Boys.
Mashable discusses how GoldieBlox could be using this lawsuit as publicity to make their company more visible to the average person. It also shows how the Beastie Boys act cooly and calmly and simply say they do not wish any of their songs to be used commercially, its something they decided on as a group long ago and GoldieBlox is clearly using a parody of a song to sell something.
Billboard In New Lawsuit, Beastie Boys Say GoldieBlox Acted 'Despicably With ... Entrepreneur ... for one startup company.
John Willis's insight:
Entrepreneur discusses how the Beastie Boys said the GoldieBlox acted intentionally and despicably with oppression, fraud, and malice toward the Beastie Boys, and that the company's massive sales increase was a direct result of the use of the Beastie Boys song "Girls".
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