Beastie Boys‘ courtroom scrap with toy company Goldieblox has come to an end.
Some back-of-fag-packet context: November 2013 saw the Beasties become embroiled in a legal tussle with Goldieblox, who manufacture educational toys designed to foster an interest in technology in young girls. The dispute centred around a two-minute GoldieBlox ad, featuring a rewritten version of Beastie Boys’ 1987 track ‘Girls’. The group took umbrage, threatening GoldieBlox with a copyright infringement lawsuit. GoldieBlox then retorted with their own suit, which claimed the ad constituted fair use and asked for declaratory relief.
The now-familiar parade of open letters followed: the Beasties justified their position by claiming their stance has always been “not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads”, however laudable the company, and that recently deceased band member Adam Yaunch had expressly prevented it in his will; GoldieBlox followed suit with their own missive and promised to pull the ad as a gesture of goodwill. Last twist: Beastie Boys then took GoldieBlox to court, requesting all revenue resulting from the YouTube advertisement.
The Hollywood Reporter claim that a settlement has now been reached between both parties. The case has now been dismissed without prejudice, although the terms of the agreement have not been made public.