It's almost been two months since Golideblox and Intuit danced disruptively into the Super Bowl sunset. High fives and beer all around, copyright infringement be damned. Yay, Yay, Narrative Play!
All that time though, something was nagging us. Goldieblox sued the Beastie Boys, and did so preemptively, assuming no one in the Beasties camp would be so silly as to defend their copyright or the honor of their fallen member Adam Yauch. The band in turn, did the right thing, bravely, and filed a countersuit. Since then, we've wondered if the dispute has been settled.
According to USA Today, the answer is yes.
The lawsuit has been settled, and details are specific.
The settlement includes a public apology, and a portion of the Oakland, Calif., toymaker's revenue going toward science education charities — as selected by the band.
GoldieBlox's apology will be posted on the toymaker's website, according to a statement emailed to NBCNews.com from a GoldieBlox representative...
The settlement includes payment by GoldieBlox, based on a percentage of its revenues, to one or more charities selected by the Beastie Boys that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls, according to the statement.
Hopefully it'll be a proper apology as opposed to their first non-apology, that was issued back when we first started raising a shit storm about their copyright infringement.
I love that the terms of the settlement hits these google-backed Silicon Valley charlatans in two different places. Their wallets, and their conscience. If they even have one.
As for the Beasties, good on ya. It clearly wasn't a battle you deserved or wanted to have, but you handled it with class.
Says a rep for the Beastie Boys:
"The lawsuit between the Beastie Boys and GoldieBlox concerning GoldieBlox’s use of the Beastie Boys song 'Girls' has been settled. That settlement includes (a) the issuance of an apology by GoldieBlox, which will be posted on GoldieBlox’s website, and (b) a payment by GoldieBlox, based on a percentage of its revenues, to one or more charities selected by Beastie Boys that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls.”