Beastie Boys ask GoldieBlox to pay girls' charities in advert settlement

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After a legal battle, the Beastie Boys and Goldiblox settle their copyright dispute that viral advert.

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Beastie Boys and Goldieblox have settled their legal dispute after the toy company parodied the band's track Girls in their advert without permission.

The great advert for girls construction toys went viral, but just because you have a good message, doesn't mean you get a free pass when it comes to copyright laws is the message coming out of the settlement.

After Beastie Boys questioned why their song had been used without permission back in November, the toy company sued them.

It seems the band were as confused by this as us, releasing a statement saying:

"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. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song 'Girls' had been used in your ad without our permission, you sued us."

Obviously the band countersued for copyright infringement and won.

The settlement includes a formal apology from the company to be posted on their website and an undisclosed percentage of profits to be paid to charities working with girls' education as decided by the band.

How refreshing. Our love for the Beastie Boys just grew a little bit more.

Watch the offending advert below and let us know what you think @handbagcom



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