GoldieBlox, Beastie Boys settle copyright suit

The Beastie Boys have settled their copyright lawsuit against GoldieBlox, a company that builds engineering toys for girls, after the company used a parody of the band’s 1987 hit, “Girls,” in a commercial without permission. GoldieBlox, which was created by engineer and Lincoln, R.I., native Debbie Sterling , was ordered to apologize for using the song, and will have to make a donation to “one or more charities selected by Beastie Boys that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for girls.” The company’s “Girls” video got 8 million YouTube views its first week. GoldieBlox then sued the Beastie Boys to ensure it could keep using the song. That’s when the Beasties responded with their own lawsuit and a letter about their policy of not lending their music to any advertisement. “As creative as it is, make 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 be used in product ads,” the band stated in a letter to the company. Sterling, a Stanford graduate, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the toy line, which launched in 2012. The start-up got a big boost during the Super Bowl, winning a 30-second ad spot worth a reported $4 million.

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