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March 19, 2014
In which Goldieblox puts an apology to the Beastie Boys on its front page and has to donate money to a charity over that whole copyright infringement thing.

In which Goldieblox puts an apology to the Beastie Boys on its front page and has to donate money to a charity over that whole copyright infringement thing.

11:30 // 5 months ago
November 28, 2013
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
It appears GoldieBlox has decided to call off the legal battle with the Beastie Boys—as long as the group decides not to sue them back. “We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation,” the company says in an open letter. “We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.” The clip, which had gained nearly 10 million views since the copyright fight broke, is currently down. The PR battle started to get away from them after the Beastie Boys wrote an open letter of their own this week.
18:38 // 9 months ago
November 26, 2013
GoldieBlox did exactly what you’d expect an entitled and well-lawyered Silicon Valley startup to do, which is pick a fight. It’s the way of the Valley — you can’t be winning unless some household-name dinosaur is losing.

In a sign of the way things have turned on GoldieBlox in the toy company’s fight with the Beastie Boys, the always-smart Felix Salmon just tore apart their hard-lawyering ways.

EDIT: For what it’s worth, Thom Yorke is in the Beasties’ corner here.

11:05 // 9 months ago
November 25, 2013

More on The Beastie Boys and “Girls”

joshdierickx says: First off, how does this have anything with the Beastie Boys if they’re a “STEM” organization? Secondly how why this their signature crime for releasing a song about girls, is that why you’re implying? It’s all about not dating someone, not misoynist

» SFB says: On the first point, basically it’s a PR issue for the Beastie Boys. Whether or not it’s fair that it’s an issue for them is up to the reader, but it’s something they’re stuck dealing with. Which is why they responded. Their point: A noble cause can still be a commercial one.

As for the second part, I’ll let The New York Times take this one on for me:

In the original song, which appeared on the Beastie Boys’ 1986 hip-hop album “Licensed to Ill,” the band sings: “Girls to do the dishes/Girls to clean up my room/Girls to do the laundry/Girls and in the bathroom.”

In the online video, children build an elaborate Rube Goldberg device while singing: “Girls build a spaceship/Girls code the new app/Girls that grow up knowing/That they can engineer that.”

You can’t simply objectively say that’s about “not dating someone,” which is why the company parodied the lyrics. Even considering that, it’s not the full story to hit them with a broad brush: I specifically pointed out the era of the band in the post because the band famously shied away from this lyrical approach later in their career both by their lyrics and their actions. It’s something which The Nation's Jessica Valenti, a noted feminist writer, wrote about at the time of Yauch’s death. — Ernie @ SFB

12:25 // 9 months ago
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August 9, 2012
23:51 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012
If only it were that easy. Bravo to The Onion for helping us laugh through our pain.

If only it were that easy. Bravo to The Onion for helping us laugh through our pain.

17:59 // 2 years ago
13:47 // 2 years ago
huffingtonpost:

In 2011 it had been reported that Yauch had beaten the disease, but reports were sadly exaggerated. On the band’s website he wrote:
“Hello My Friends While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”
Most recently, it appeared Yauch’s health had taken a turn for the worst when it was announced that he was unable to attend the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on March 14.
Adam Yauch Dead: Beastie Boys’ MCA Dies After Battling Cancer

Some recent background on Yauch.

huffingtonpost:

In 2011 it had been reported that Yauch had beaten the disease, but reports were sadly exaggerated. On the band’s website he wrote:

“Hello My Friends While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.”

Most recently, it appeared Yauch’s health had taken a turn for the worst when it was announced that he was unable to attend the Beastie Boys’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on March 14.

Adam Yauch Dead: Beastie Boys’ MCA Dies After Battling Cancer

Some recent background on Yauch.

13:26 // 2 years ago

Here’s the 2009 video in which Adam Yauch told his fans that he had cancer — seems so long ago now. (ht @AntDeRosa)

13:08 // 2 years ago