The Beastie Boys had sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement. Monster countered that it owed no more than $125,000, calling the case "illogical" and saying an employee had mistakenly believed the company had permission to use the music.
Monster has no intention of litigating this matter in the media, but since the case has now received publicity we felt we should let the public know the facts as we see them. Monster in good faith believed it had obtained the rights to use a compilation of certain Beastie Boys music for an Internet video. The video recounted a snowboarding event in Canada that Monster sponsored where the after party featured many Beastie Boys songs played by the DJs in honor of the recent death of one of the Beastie Boys’ members. The music that Monster used was provided by one of the DJs [Z-Trip],...
The settlement will include an apology from GoldieBlox, to be displayed on the company's website, as well as donation by GoldieBlox to charities selected by the Beastie Boys that encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls.
GoldieBlox has pulled their "Girls" ad and written an open letter to the Beastie Boys, which can be found below.
We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
When we made our parody version of your song, “Girls”, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.
Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with...
I made a comment in the news post about the Beastie Boys' song "Girls" being used in a pretty awesome commercial, that it was one of the rare times the band has allowed this to happen. Looks like I spoke too soon. According to a lawsuit filed by Goldieblox, "the Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement. Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use and that GoldieBlox's unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a 'big problem' that has a 'very significant impact.'"
Is that "fair use"? To answer the question, a judge will be looking at the four factors of fair...
The Beastie Boys had long held they wouldn't license their songs for TV commercials -- but it looks like they've made an exception. Check out the commercial for the Rube Goldberg toy the "Princess Machine" featuring The Beastie Boys song "Girls" in the replies.
Rolling Stone has posted an interview with Michael 'Mike D' Diamond of the Beastie Boys discussing Adam Yauch's life and his last few weeks. Included in the interview is the fact that Yauch recorded new music with the band last fall.
This past Friday, the music scene as a whole lost a true visionary, activist, and legend in Adam "MCA" Yauch, one of the co-founders of Beastie Boys. I wrote a small afterword on the hip-hop pioneer in my blog, as well as created a playlist of some of my favorite Beastie tracks. This is the place to share your favorite videos, songs, and memories from the genre-defining hip-hop trio.
Beastie Boys' music video for "Make Some Noise" can be seen here. The video is a snippet of their short film, Fight For Your Right Revisited, which airs tonight at midnight (EST) on VH1 before airing uncensored at 3AM (EST) on Comedy Central.
Head to the replies to check out the Beastie Boys artwork, tracklisting and album track "Too Many Rappers" (feat. Nas) from the forthcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which will be released on May 3 via Capitol.
01) Tadlock's Glasses
02) B-Boys in the Cut
03) Make Some Noise
04) Nonstop Disco Powerpack
06) Too Many Rappers [ft. Nas]
07) Say It
08) The Bill Harper Collection
09) Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win [ft. Santigold]
10) Long Burn the Fire
11) Bundt Cake
12) Funky Donkey
13) Lee Majors Come Again
14) Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
15) Pop Your Balloon
16) Crazy Ass Shit
17) Here's a Little Something for Ya
The All Points West Festival line-up has been announced, taking place July 31st-August 2nd at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Headliners include Beastie Boys, Coldplay and Tool, and other acts include Vampire Weekend, My Bloody Valentine, MSTRKRFT, Gogol Bordello, Fleet Foxes, Telepathe, Echo and the Bunnymen, Neko Case and lots more. Full line-up is in the replies.