Beastie Boys Wins $1.7M in Copyright Lawsuit Against Monster


Beastie Boys


The rap group, who initially sought $2 million, will receive $1.7 million from the energy drink company who included five Beastie Boys songs in their promotional ad without permission.

Beastie Boys wins the copyright infringement lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. A jury told the energy drink company to pay the rap group $1.7 million during a civil trial in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, June 5.

Two surviving members of the collective, Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond, sued Monster in 2012. Initially seeking $2 million, they claimed the company had used their songs in a promotional video without their permission.

Monster admitted to committing the infringement, but said they included the boys' songs in their ad because they thought they had permission to do so. They insisted that damages wouldn't exceed $125,000.

Both Ad Rock and Mike D were called as witnesses at the trial which started last week. Mike D, who testified late last week, revealed that Beastie Boys' career was over after the death of another member Adam "MCA" Yauch in 2012.

"We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died," he explained. "We can't make new music."

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Khloe Kardashian Sizzling in Completely Sheer Bodysuit. Tempting Tristan Thompson?
  2. Braless Gigi Hadid Risks Wardrobe Malfunction in Pajama-Like Jumpsuit
  3. Sara Sampaio Strips Down to Sheer Lingerie in Sultry New Slefie
  4. Will Ferrell's 'The House' Co-Star Speaks Up About Mariah Carey's Diva Behaviors on Set
  5. Is Drake Expecting a Son?
  6. Brad Pitt Wishes to Reconcile With Angelina Jolie Despite Messy Split
  7. Fighting Over Karrueche? Chris Brown's Crew Allegedly Confronts Migos at BET Awards After-Party
  8. Going Too Far? Halsey Shades Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry
  9. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Features Surprise Return of 'Iron Man' Character
  10. Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me' Creators Slapped With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

CELEBS PHOTO