Beastie Boys Win $1.7 million Case
Beastie Boys photo by Ros O'Gorman

Beastie Boys photo by Ros O'Gorman

Beastie Boys Win $1.7 million Case

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on June 8, 2014

in News

The Beastie Boys have been victorious in their fight against Monster Energy to the tune of $1.7 million.

The case revolved around the group’s on-going refusal to let their music be used in any commercial sense and Monster Energy hiring DJ Z-Trip to put together a Beastie Boys megamix to soundtrack a video on snowboarding.

To complicate matters further, right before the end of the film, Monster acknowledged the group by putting the words “RIP MCA” in reference to the recent death of Beastie’s member Adam Yauch. The words were in a logo reminiscent of that of Monster Energy which the surviving members of the group, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, felt implied that they endorsed the energy drink.

Monster Energy fully admitted that they used the songs Sabotage, Pass the Mic, Make Some Noise, So What’Cha Want and Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun in the promotional film, so the trail really revolved around what rights they had to do so and, if they didn’t have the rights, how much they owed the group.

Diamond and Horovitz were looking for $2 million, $1 million for copyright infringement and $1 million for implied endorsement while Monster felt that $125,000 should cover everything. The jurors sided with the artists, awarding them $1.7 million.

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