A Commercial Is Not Necessarily Commercial Use

That’s the bottom line of asking an actual expert in the Beastie Boys versus Goldieblox kerfuffle. I sympathize more with the band than I did originally, given their express decision never to allow a song to be used in a commercial. However, that apparently doesn’t apply to parody, with control limited to use of the actual song in a way that would be compensated, commercial use.

If it’s any consolation, people like me who’d never heard a Beastie Boys song and were barely aware a band by that name ever existed are far more aware of them than before.

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