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The Beastie Boys Aren't Suing GoldieBlox After All, But Goldieblox Are Still Suing The Beasties


Beastie Boys Ad Rock Mike D Adam Yauch

GoldieBlox may have shot themselves in the foot if they wanted to appear as the victims in the ongoing saga surrounding their online advertising campaign that features the Beastie Boys song 'Girls.' After claiming that they are being sued by the surviving members of the rap group for copyright infringement, the company counter-sued, saying they had never infringed on any copyright. Now Mike D and Ad-Rock have hit back, saying they never sued anyone, but they're still facing a lawsuit.

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Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock all agreed that they would never allow their work to be used on advertising

As intially reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the two remaining Beasties have penned an open letter to the company, in which they commend the advert and the company for their creativity, before stating that they agreed years ago to never allow their music to be used for advertising and finally saying that they had only ever enquired how the video was used without their permission, insisting that they had not taken the issue to the courts. Goldieblox on the other hand have taken the band to court, filing a complaint stating they never infringed on any copyright laws.

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Adam Yauch Park Naming Ceremony

Dave Sussman's Vintage Caddy - Renaming of Palmetto Playground to Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. The late Beastie Boy was honored in ceremony by his mother and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz. - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 3rd May 2013

Adam Yauch and Dave Sussman's Vintage Caddy
Adam Yauch, Mah Dukes, Mike K, Nadia Araiza and Andy Katz
Adam Yauch and Dave Sussman's Vintage Caddy
Adam Yauch and Andy Katz

Mike D and Ad Rock To Tell The Beastie Boys Story In Memoir


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A new book charting the story of the Beastie Boys, written by surviving members Mike D and Ad Rock, is to be published in 2015. The book will trace the rappers' origins as a New York high school punk band through to their induction into the Rock and Roll Fall of Fame, as well as reflecting on the death of MCA, aka Adam Yauch.

Yauch died from cancer aged 47 in May 2012, just weeks after the band had been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Musicians from around the globe paid tribute to the musician, with Moby calling him "a wonderful, generous, remarkable and inspiring man and friend." The new book will include contributions from writers exploring Yauch's musical legacy. 

Publishers Faber & Faber said the book was a landmark acquisition. "Beastie Boys have entertained us for years with classic albums like Paul's Boutique and Hello Nasty," said Faber's Lee Brackstone. "They will now entertain us on the page, in this book which celebrates the 30-plus years of their unique story and influence."

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The 48th New York Film Festival - 'The Social Network' Premiere - Arrivals

Adam Yauch and Rashida Jones - Adam Yauch and Rashida Jones New York City, USA - The 48th New York Film Festival - 'The Social Network' Premiere - Arrivals Friday 24th September 2010

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals

Woody Harrelson and Adam Yauch - Woody Harrelson, Adam Yauch New York City, USA - National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals Tuesday 12th January 2010

Woody Harrelson and Adam Yauch
Woody Harrelson and Adam Yauch

The New York premiere of 'The Messenger' held at Clearview's Chelsea Cinema

Adam Yauch Sunday 8th November 2009 The New York premiere of 'The Messenger' held at Clearview's Chelsea Cinema New York City, USA

'Welcome To Gulu' exhibition opening at the United Nations

Adam Yauch Tuesday 12th May 2009 'Welcome To Gulu' exhibition opening at the United Nations New York City, USA

Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! Review


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I guess the Beastie Boys are still cool, right? I mean, my kid brother was into them when he was 12, and that was around 1987. But "Brass Monkey" never gets old, really.To maintain relevance, I suppose, the Beasties put together a concert video with a gimmick: They gave 50 fans digital video cameras, instructions to "never stop shooting," and set them loose in Madison Square Garden. Director Adam Yauch (as Nathanial Hörnblowér) cut the ensuing footage into a single movie, and the results are... well, they're a lot like you'd expect.I guess the theory here is that if you give a million monkeys a typewriter one of them will come up with Hamlet, but 50 doesn't seem to do the trick. The film ends up with some nice musical numbers (though at 88 minutes, not too many of them), backed up with video that's about as low-grade as it gets. Standard shots of the band from the crowd and from the stage are intercut with scenes shot with cheeseball special effects -- filter after filter showing the Beasties tinted black and white, yellow, blue and red, or pixilated into oblivion. Goofy stunts are used to break up the monotony: One camera user runs to be bathroom and records a urination. Clever? You could get the same effect by watching Cable Access and listening to a Beastie Boys greatest hits album.The DVD release is made worse by the (well-meaning) use of the angle feature: You can get the film as it was intended or flip over to a version of the film that has all 50 videos running in a multi-camera grid. You can't actually make out what's happening in any of the grids, and the whole feature is pretty useless. But during the regular feature, many DVD players will perpetually display an angle icon with "1/2" next to it... for the entire film!If you're a Beastie Boys fan (or if you were one of the 50 camera operators), you'll probably want to check out this movie. But frankly, the Boys' videos are far more entertaining.Additional DVD extras include an a cappella vocal track, a "detour" feature that branches off with other camera operators, a commentary from the band, and a "mock" short film about the director.Aka Awesome; I ... Shot That.
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