GoldieBlox agreed to pay $1m to charity in Beastie Boys settlement

Argument over &# x27; fair use &# x27; of Girls song ended in March with deal to donate to STEM education for girls. By Stuart Dredge

In March, the Beastie Boys reached a settlement with the US doll company GoldieBlox over the latters charade of their song Girls in a viral advert. Now the details of that settlement have been published.

GoldieBlox agreed to pay$ 1m to a charity of the bands option supporting science, technology, engineering and/ or maths( STEM) education for girls, in return for a backdated licence to use the track in the ad, which was a YouTube made in November 2013.

The details were revealed in official documents filed as part of a separate copyright infringement lawsuit between the Beastie Boys and Monster Energy, spotted by entertainment industry journalist Eriq Gardner πŸ˜› TAGEND

On March 16, 2014, the parties resolved The GoldieBlox Settlement awarded GoldieBlox a retroactive license to use the musical composition of Girls between November 18, 2013 and November 28, 2013.

“In exchange, GoldieBlox agreed to make annual pays of 1% of its gross revenue, until the total payments reached$ 1 million, to a charitable organization chosen by the Beastie Boys and approved by GoldieBlox which supports science, technology, engineering and/ or maths education for girls.

The settlement will not be used as evidence in the new suit after a complaint from Monster, which is accused of using several Beastie Boys songs in a 2012 snowboarding video without approving from the band.

The GoldieBlox video, which reworked the original sexist lyrics of Girls to focus on encouraging daughters to explore STEM topics, was watched 8m days in a week last November, before triggering suits from both sides and a debate over whether the video’s use of the ballad was “fair use” or not.

The Beastie Boys explained their decision in an open letter to GoldieBlox that month, saying they were respecting the wishes of member Adam Yauch, who died in 2012 and left a will explicitly banning utilize of his music in advertisements πŸ˜› TAGEND

As creative as it is, stimulate 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 serve in product ads.

GoldieBlox responded with its own open letter after removing the way from the video πŸ˜› TAGEND

We don’t want to fight with you When we attained our parody version of your ballad, Girls, we did it with the best purposes. We wanted to transform it into a powerful anthem for girls … Although we believe our charade video fall under carnival utilize, we would like to respect[ Yauch’s] wants and yours.

It remains to be seen how soon the$ 1m settlement is paid. GoldieBlox created just under $286 k on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter in 2012 to launch its business, which produces construction toys and books for girls, but its marketings since the playthings launched in March 2013 are unknown.

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