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File - This August 2012 file photo released by GoldieBlox, Inc., shows the toy items from "GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine," photographed in San Francisco. The toy's main character is a female engineer named Goldie, and is designed to spark an interest by girls in science and engineering.  The Oakland, Calif.-based toy company that is a finalist for a Super Bowl ad contest is suing the Beastie Boys over an online video spoof of the group's song, "Girls." Goldieblox says it is suing the popular hip hop group in response to threats of copyright infringement from the group. (AP Photo/GoldieBlox Inc.,Susan Burdick, File)  AP
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File - This August 2012 file photo released by GoldieBlox, Inc., shows the toy items from "GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine," photographed in San Francisco. The toy's main character is a female engineer named Goldie, and is designed to spark an interest by girls in science and engineering. The Oakland, Calif.-based toy company that is a finalist for a Super Bowl ad contest is suing the Beastie Boys over an online video spoof of the group's song, "Girls." Goldieblox says it is suing the popular hip hop group in response to threats of copyright infringement from the group. (AP Photo/GoldieBlox Inc.,Susan Burdick, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California toy company says it has removed its parody of a popular Beastie Boys song from a promotional video that went viral.

GoldieBlox founder Debbie Sterling posted an open letter to the band’s surviving members Wednesday saying the company also plans to withdraw a lawsuit it filed for the right to spoof the song “Girls.”

The company filed the lawsuit last week, saying the Beastie Boys threatened their own legal action for copyright infringement.

Sterling says she didn’t know the Beastie Boys have a blanket ban on using their songs in advertisements.

GoldieBlox makes engineering toys for girls and tweaked the lyrics of “Girls” to talk about spaceships and software.

The video had spread across the Internet in recent weeks, with more than 8 million views on YouTube.

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