The Beastie Boys have settled with GoldieBlox, the start-up toy company that used a version of the trio’s song “Girls” on a commercial without the band’s permission, and then filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect the company legally. According to Rolling Stone, the settlement was for an undisclosed amount. The Beastie Boys did not comment on the settlement, pointing instead to a statement issued by GoldieBlox.
The statement said that the settlement included “(a) the issuance of an apology by GoldieBlox, which will be posted on GoldieBlox’s website, and (b) a payment by GoldieBlox, based on a percentage of its revenues, to one or more charities selected by Beastie Boys that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls.”
GoldieBlox claimed that it made the video “to further the company’s goal to break down gender stereotypes,” maintaining that it could use the track without permission under “fair use” law.
- The Beastie Boys issued a letter telling the company that it applauded the ad’s intent, but adding, “Make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads.”