Argument over &# x27; fair employ &# x27; of Girls song ended in March with bargain to donate to STEM education for girls. By Stuart Dredge
In March, the Beastie Boys reached a settlement with the US plaything corporation GoldieBlox over the latters parody of their song Girls in a viral advert. Now the details of that settlement have been published.
GoldieBlox agreed to pay$ 1m to a charity of the bands choice supporting science, technology, engineering and/ or maths( STEM) education for girls, in return for a backdated licence to use the trail in the ad, which was a YouTube hit in November 2013.
The details were revealed in official documents filed as part of a separate copyright infringement lawsuit between the Beastie Boys and Monster Energy, spotted by entertainment industry journalist Eriq Gardner 😛 TAGEND
On March 16, 2014, the parties determined The GoldieBlox Settlement granted GoldieBlox a retroactive license to use the musical composition of Girls between November 18, 2013 and November 28, 2013.
“In exchange, GoldieBlox agreed to make annual pays of 1% of its gross revenue, until the total payments reached$ 1 million, to a charitable organization chosen by the Beastie Boys and approved by GoldieBlox which supports science, engineering, engineering and/ or mathematics education for girls.
The settlement will not be used as evidence in the new occurrence after a complaint from Monster, which is accused of using several Beastie Boys anthems in a 2012 snowboarding video without acceptance from the band.
The GoldieBlox video, which reworked the original sexist lyrics of Girls to focus on encouraging girls to explore STEM subjects, was watched 8m times in a few weeks last November, before triggering suits from both sides and a debate over whether the video’s employ of the hymn was “fair use” or not.
The Beastie Boys explained their decision in an open letter to GoldieBlox that month, saying they were respecting the wishes of member Adam Yauch, who died in 2012 and left a will explicitly banning use of his music in advertisings 😛 TAGEND
As creative as it is, attain 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 serve in product ads.
GoldieBlox responded with its own open letter after removing the trail from the video 😛 TAGEND
We don’t want to fight with you When we built our parody version of your ballad, Girls, we did it with the best intentions. We wanted to transform it into a powerful anthem for girls … Though we belief our lampoon video falls under exhibition use, we would like to respect[ Yauch’s] wants and yours.
It remains to be seen how soon the$ 1m settlement is paying. GoldieBlox raised only under $286 k on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter in 2012 to launch its business, which produces construction toys and volumes for girls, but its sales since the dolls launched in March 2013 are unknown.