A couple of months ago a battle was set between Beastie Boys and a toy company called GoldieBlox. As you may remember, the issue was with the company using the band's track 'Girls' in an advert without the band's permission.

This caused a number of lawsuits, first from the toy company against the Beastie Boys, producer Rick Rubin, Island Def Jam, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing, claiming "fair use" of the track, and then from the band themselves for "copyright infringement". Luckily, this all seems to be ending, since GoldieBlox have agreed to make a payment "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," as reported byRolling Stone. "We sincerely apologize for any negative impact our actions have had on the Beastie Boys," reads a message on GoldieBlox's website. "We never intended to cast the band in a negative light and we regret putting them in a position to defend themselves when they had done nothing wrong."

"As engineers and builders of intellectual property, we understand an artist's desire to have his or her work treated with respect. We should have reached out to the band before using their music in the video," reads GoldieBlox's apology. "We know this is only one of the many mistakes we're bound to make as we grow our business. The great thing about mistakes is how much you can learn from them. As trying as this experience was, we have learned a valuable lesson. From now on, we will secure the proper rights and permissions in advance of any promotions, and we advise any other young company to do the same."

If not for any better reason, Adam Yauch clearly stated on his will: "In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes."

Source: SPIN

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