Posted in music on March 19, 2014

Beastie Boys @ T5 in 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
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Yesterday, we posted that the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox lawsuit had been settled and that no details had been revealed. That's still the case but the toymakers -- who appropriated the Beasties' "Girls" in an online ad without permission (the band prohibits use of their songs for commercials) -- have issued a public apology on their website (via Rolling Stone):

We sincerely apologize for any negative impact our actions have had on the Beastie Boys. 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.

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.


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Comments (15)

"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."

How is the willful misuse of a song they did not have the rights to use a "mistake"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 1:15 PM

Seriously, enough with this already. We get it, you used a song illegally, you're not allowed to do that. We get it.

Move on.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 1:16 PM

^ the statement was part of the settlement. They got extra shame because they forced the Beastie Boys to go into court over this while ridiculously trying to claim fair use nonsense. They deserve the public humiliation.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 1:23 PM

Posted by beets and beats(!) | March 19, 2014 1:26 PM

Ludlow between Rivington and Houston is now being touted by realtors as the Goldie Blocks of the LES.

Posted by Smack | March 19, 2014 1:59 PM

you get the gas face, you get the gas face

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 2:05 PM

Funny thing is, I don't care at all that they did this, and because it has been brought up like 70 times on this website, I am not familiar with this toymaker when I otherwise would not have been. Seems like a win for them, though, without knowing the details of the settlement, they may have had to pay $$$ too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 3:32 PM

appology

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 3:33 PM

Funny the when the Beastie Boys used AC/DC's "Back In Black" on "Rock Hard" it was a "tribute"...give 'em an 8 on the hypocrite 1-10 meter, a couple points from a 10 because it was a commercial recording not an ad licensing appropriation, and that they were forced to keep it off their compilation when they were popular enough, old enough, and wise enough to care.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 6:33 PM

The Beastie Boys can do no wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 8:37 PM

The only thing that's funny is the way 6:33 walks after an hour of taking it up the butt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 9:02 PM

no mca no care

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2014 11:58 PM

So if the beastie boys prohibit their songs from being used in commercials, why is Make Some Noise used in the TV ads for the movie Bad Words?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2014 5:43 PM

It always blows when NYC natives like the B-Boys turn into hipster panderers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 10:32 AM

5:43 - because licensing your song for a movie with promo rights attached is 100% different than licensing for a third-partry product.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2014 10:38 AM

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