San Francisco • A Northern California toy company is fighting for its right to parody a popular Beastie Boys song.
Oakland-based GoldieBlox filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking permission to continue using a spoof of the rap song "Girls."
The song was on the trio's first album, "Licensed to Ill," released in 1986. It sings of the desire for girls to "do the dishes ... to do the laundry ... to clean up my room."
The company's marketing video spoofing the song depicts young girls singing about building spaceships and coding software. The video has gone viral in recent weeks, and some 8 million people have viewed it on YouTube. The spoof is attempting to sell the company's GoldieBlox engineering toys aimed at girls.