Beastie Boys Settle Monster Lawsuit
According to Rolling Stone, the Beastie Boys have won a lawsuit filed in 2012 against Monster Beverage after the company illegally used the group’s music in a promotional video. The Beasties were awarded $1.5 million, though Monster’s lawyer told Reuters that the energy drink maker plans to appeal the verdict.
At the heart of the lawsuit was a promotional video on Monster’s website, which included parts of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” “So What’cha Want,” “Make Some Noise” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun.” The suit also alleged that the website offered a 23-minute medley of Beastie Boys songs for download as an MP3. According to Rolling Stone, the songs were taken from footage of a live set by DJ Z-Trip at the Canadian festival “Ruckus in the Rockies,” which was sponsored by Monster and held only a few days after Adam Yauch died in May of that year.
Yauch’s will specifically prohibits any company from using the group’s music for advertisements. Reportedly, the group sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement.Share: