Rhymin’ & Stealin’ & Filin’ Lawsuits

December 20, 2013Article
Law Law Land

Last month, I wrote about the preemptive lawsuit filed by GoldieBlox, a toy retailer, against the Beastie Boys.  GoldieBlox sought declaratory relief that their use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a GoldieBlox advertisement constituted fair use, despite the fact that GoldieBlox lacked the Beastie Boys’ permission to use it. 

At the time, it seemed as though the Goldieblox/Beastie Boys feud would be short-lived.  As hastily as the GoldieBlox lawsuit appeared, GoldieBlox was extending the olive branch of amends and apologizing for its playing of the Beastie Boys’ ditty in its advertising.  After the apology, the whole episode looked destined to become nothing more than water under the copyright infringement bridge.