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Beastie Boys Win Copyright Infringement Suit Against Monster Beverage Corp.

Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
June 6th, 2014 2:46pm EDT
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The Beastie Boys' ongoing lawsuit with Monster Beverage Corporation, which makes the popular Monster energy drink brand, is finally over.

The hip-hop group was awarded a $1.7 million settlement by a jury, which delivered its verdict on Thursday.

The group had been seeking $2.5 million from the suit, which was filed in 2012. Parts of the group's songs "Sabotage," "So What’cha Want," "Make Some Noise" and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" were used in a YouTube video for the energy beverage without the group's permission.

The songs were used in a tribute video to late B-Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died in 2012 after a battle with cancer, and bosses at the company incorrectly assumed that they could use the music. Monster pulled the video after learning of its mistake.

Attorney Reid Kahn asked the jury to award the group only $125,000, calling the demands of the suit "contrary to common sense."

The trial lasted eight days, and the group's surviving members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz testified during the trial.

Upon his death, Yauch left instructions that the group's music never be used for any type of advertising or commercial purposes and asked his friends to fight any such violations to the fullest.


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