Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox In Fair Use Dispute: ‘Girls’ Parody Underscores Murky Copyright Laws

"Julie Ahrens, director of copyright and fair use for Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, thinks GoldieBlox did the right thing by sticking to their guns. “I think this is a clear parody,” she said in a phone interview. “And I was shocked that the Beastie Boys of all people would be fighting this kind of fight. They’re not copyright maximalists. They’re historical users of copyrighted material that they don’t own and didn’t ask permission for.”"