This month on the Business Entertainment Sports and Technology Law Podcast, ARC Law Group partner Mark A. Pearson and Podcast Managing Editor Ben Shaw present a special end-of-year podcast discussion about the marketing backlash against one of the hottest toys of the 2013 holiday season. Recently ranked as the top selling toy on Amazon.com, Goldie Blox’ “Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine” saw a big surge is sales following the release, and subsequent controversy, of an online video featuring a reworking of the 1987 Beastie Boys hit song “Girls”.
Did Goldie Blox commit indefensible copyright infringement by using “Girls” without permission? Are the Beastie Boys being hypocritical by disputing the use of their song? We try and answer these questions as well as give you a look into the issue of Fair Use and Parody as a defense to copyright infringement.
Editors Note: Unfortunately, we cannot show you the Goldie Blox video (with the song) as it has been removed from the web. However, here is a clip of the video without the song, and a link to an interesting article regarding the takedown from Salon.com :
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