Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million Copyright Lawsuit Against Monster Beverage

The lawsuit centered on an online promotional video posted to the comany’s site in 2012.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: June 6th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

The surviving members of the iconic Beastie Boys, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Michael Diamond (Mike D), breathed a sign of relief. A federal jury ordered Monster Beverage Corp to pay the hip-hop group $1.7 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement.

“The group initiated the lawsuit in 2012 following the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch. The suit, filed by Mike D, Ad-Rock and Yauch’s widow Dechen, claimed that Monster included parts of “Sabotage,” “So What’cha Want,” Make Some Noise” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” in a promotional video posted on Monster’s website, along with a 23-minute medley of Beastie Boys songs made available for download as an MP3. The songs were taken from footage of a live set by DJ Z-Trip at the Monster-sponsored Canadian festival Ruckus in the Rockies, held a few days after Yauch died in May. Yauch’s will specifically prohibits any company from using the group’s music for advertisements,” Rolling Stone reported.

“We’re happy. We just want to thank the jury,” Horovitz said in a statement.

Monster Energy has announced that it intends to file an appeal.

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