Beastie Boys, Monster settle copyright lawsuit

January 16, 2016

The surviving members of Beastie Boys have resolved their lawsuit wherein they accusing Monster Beverage Corp of using excerpts from five of the hip-hop group’s songs without permission in a video promoting a Canadian snowboarding competition.

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The terms were not disclosed. Orders dismissing the cases were filed on Thursday in two Manhattan federal courts.

In connection with the dismissals, Monster dropped its appeal of a $1.7 million jury verdict and an award of $667,849 in legal fees in the Beastie Boys’ lawsuit.

Monster and lawyers for both parties had no immediate comment or declined to comment.

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Beastie Boys have long refused to license their music for advertising.

The group sued Monster over a roughly four-minute “megamix” video by disk jockey Z-Trip promoting an annual “Ruckus in the Rockies” snowboarding competition that Monster sponsored.

Beastie Boys said viewers might be misled into believing that the group endorsed Monster energy drinks.

Monster conceded it was liable for copyright infringement, but thought the damages were too high.

Two members of Beastie Boys, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, testified at trial. The third member of the group, Adam “MCA” Yauch, died in May 2012.

 

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