In a case with implications for retailers in Tennessee and across the nation, a toy company that markets engineering and construction products for girls fought charges of copyright infringement in California on Nov. 21 after it used an ad inspired by a Beastie Boys song. Its parody of the group's "Girls" made fun of stereotyped toys for girls. The company, Goldieblox, is seeking a judgment from a federal court that rejects infringement claims by the Beastie Boys and permits it to use the video.
The controversy over the 1986 song comes because the toy manufacturer changed the lyrics, which played in the background of the video as the girls broke gender stereotypes in toys by building a complicated machine with interacting parts. According to the suit, the original version of the song discusses girls who are "limited (at best) to household chores, and are presented as useful only to the extent they fulfill the wishes of the male subjects." The parody video has amassed nearly eight million views on YouTube.