And then GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys lived happily ever after

GoldieBlox, the toy company that wants to inspire girls toward engineering and science, can apparently tell when the tide turns.

In the face of increasing bad publicity, it announced in a post on its website today that it’s dropping its lawsuit against The Beastie Boys for the right to use the song, Girls, in its viral video:

Dear Adam and Mike,

We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.

When we made our parody version of your song, ‘Girls’, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.

Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.

We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.

Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.

We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.

Sincerely,

Debbie + Team GoldieBlox

While the company says it’s removed the song from its video, that’s an impossible assertion. While GoldieBlox has made the video “private,” there are far too many accounts on YouTube that have posted the original video.

  • Jeff

    I don’t believe you, Team GoldieBlox. I’m still not buying your stuff.