According to Hollywood Reporter, toymaker Goldieblox, after its video featuring "three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type contraption and singing alternative lyrics to the Beastie Boys song 'Girls'" went viral, has demanded a "declaratory judgment that its parody of the song is fair use" after the Beastie Boys claimed copyright infringement.
In the original song, the Beasties sang: "Girls -- to do the dishes/ Girls -- to clean up my room/ Girls -- to do the laundry/ Girls -- and in the bathroom/ Girls, that's all I really want is girls."
The video replaces those lyrics with: "Girls -- to build the spaceship/ Girls -- to code the new app/ Girls -- to grow up knowing/ That they can engineer that/ Girls. That's all we really need is girls."
Is that "fair use"? To answer the question, a judge will be looking at the four factors of fair use: the purpose and character of the use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount and substantiality of the portion taken and the effect of the use upon the potential market.
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