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Beastie Boys fire back over toy company parody

December 13th, 2013 9:49 am by Associated Press

Beastie Boys fire back over toy company parody

This August 2012 file photo released by GoldieBlox, Inc., shows the toy items from "GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine," photographed in San Francisco.(AP Photo/GoldieBlox Inc.,Susan Burdick, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Beastie Boys are firing back after an Oakland toy company sued them over a video parody of their song "Girls."

The two surviving members of the rap trio filed a lawsuit of their own Tuesday in Oakland federal court claiming toy company GoldieBlox unfairly used the popular song as a jingle to sell its products.

GoldieBlox filed the first lawsuit last month seeking a court order allowing it to use the online video parody. The video shows young girls singing about engineering. The company said it filed the lawsuit after the band threatened it with litigation over the parody.

The video has since been removed from YouTube.

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