GoldieBlox, the toy company behind the parody of 'Girls' by Beastie Boys, have announced they'll removed the advert from YouTube following complaints from the band.

Last week the company released a promo video which featured the classic song reworked into a "super spunky girls rule" song (quoting our news writer Tarynn). The response was extremely positive, but the band had other ideas.

"We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering," states an open letter from the band to the company, adding that they were "impressed by the creativity and the message" but that the video is "an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads."

Seems fair enough to us, especially considering it features in Adam 'MCA' Yauch's will ("notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purpose"). GoldieBlox also seem to agree as they've pulled the video and released the following open letter on their blog:


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.

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