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Beastie Boys fight Monster Beverage Corp. over song infringement

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The Beastie Boys are back in court again over a company’s use of their songs.

This time, the company is Monster Beverage Corp, a maker of the popular energy drinks. In a Manhattan federal group, surviving members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Horowitz” along with the widow of the late Adam “MCA” Yauch, has claimed copyright infringement and false endorsement on Monster’s part. The case stems from a 2012 promotional video, which featured a Canadian snowboarding competition titled “Ruckus in the Rockies, and it featured a remix of the Beastie Boys songs including “Sabotage” and “So What’cha Want”.

The lawsuit against Monster was filed in 2012, alleging that the company never had permission for use of the songs. The band’s laywer Paul Garrity urged the jury to award the band at least $2 million in damages. However Reid Kahn, a laywer for Monster, called the amount “illogical” and said the sum should at most be no more than $125,000. He also adds that the company did have permission for use, though did acknowledged infringement on the copyrights.

The issue of copyright infringement has been a familiar territory for the Beastie Boys, especially when it came to promotional use from companies. Back in November 2002, the group sued Oakland-based toy company GoldieBlox for unauthorized use of their songs. The matter has since been settled out of court.


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