$1.7 Million For Beastie Boys After Lawsuit

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Monster Beverage Company will pay over $1.7 million to the Beastie Boys as a result of using their music without permission. A New York Superior Court jury came reached the decision on Thursday, June 5 after an eight-day trial.

The famous Brooklyn band filed a lawsuit against the energy drink company in 2012 for using a promotional snowboarding video with a remix by DJ Z-Trip featuring the Beastie’s songs “Sabotage,” “So Watcha Want” and “Make Some Noise.”

The four-minute YouTube video ended with “RIP MCA,” referring to band member Adam Yauch who had passed away the day before after battling cancer.

Yauch’s will states, “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”
The judgment was less than the $150,000 per infringement ($2.5 million) originally sought for copyright infringement and false endorsement.

Throughout the trial, Monster company advocated that the company had mistakenly believed it had permission to use the music and owed the band a maximum of $125,000.

In December 2013, the Beastie Boys sued GoldieBlox over the use of their 1987 single “Girls,” which was remade into a girl power anthem commercial that encouraged young girls to have fun with science and engineering.

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