GoldieBlox Pulls ‘Girls’ from Ad

The boys won this round. Toy maker GoldieBlox pulled a parody of the song “Girls” from their ad after complaints from the Beastie Boys. The ad, which went viral last week, reworked the lyrics of the song to encourage girls to go into science and engineering. But the Beastie Boys’ late Adam Yauch had stipulated that none of the band’s songs be used in advertising, and thus surviving members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz asked GoldieBlox to remove the song. At first, GoldieBlox sued, claiming fair use since they are using a parody, but GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling said Wednesday that the company would pull the song because “we don’t to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation.”