The hip-hoppers took on the drinks company to be awarded a massive payout.
The Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 (£1.1) million in a case battling the unauthorised use of their music in adverts by the fizzy drinks brand, Monster. After some deliberation, jurors decided to order Monster to make a huge payout for its unauthorised use of the Beastie Boys' iconography and songs for in a 2012 YouTube video advert.
The damages are short of the band's requested $2 million but are far higher than Monster's suggested fine of $125,000. The drinks company admitted the infringement yet argued that it was an honest mistake.
Regardless, the jury awarded $120,000 (£71,000) for each of ten violations of copyright plus $500,000 (£297,000) after finding that the California-based company's ads had suggested a false endorsement of its products by using the band's image without permission.
The lawsuit against Monster Energy is heating up.
Anyone following pop culture news of late will have noticed that copyright disputes are kind of The Beastie Boys’ thing of late. Following the GoldieBlox issue last year, in March 2014, the Boys denied Arnold Schwartzenegger’s box office bomb Sabotage the right to use the Boys’ Ill Communication hit of the same name. The reason? Mike D and Ad-Rock were simply honoring the lateAdam "MCA" Yauch's request that the group never lend their music in commercials or ad campaigns.
Allowing the songs to be used commercially would be going again Adam Yaunch's wishes.
Continue reading: The Beastie Boys Now Embroiled In $2M Copyright Dispute
Sounds like a no-brainer, so why is it dragging on?
The Beastie Boys have a pretty strong case against Monster Beverage Corp; the manufacturer and seller of caffeinated energy drinks is being sued by hip hop outfit for the unauthorised use of their songs, including "Sabotage," "So What'cha Want" and "Make Some Noise."
The Beastie Boys transformed in to Lego by Adly Syairi Ramly
Monster has admitted to using the songs in the 2012 promotional video for the annual snowboarding competition the company organizes and sponsors in Canada called the "Ruckus in the Rockies." They admitted using the songs and said it was a mistake.
Continue reading: Why Isn't The Beastie Boys vs Monster an Open and Shut Case?
This time, the lawsuit is against Monster Energy Drink.
The Beastie Boys are involved in another copyright lawsuit this week (the previous one against GoldieBlox ended in March with a settlement for an undisclosed amount). This time, the offending company is Monster Energy Drinks and, according to Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of BB, it’s a repeat offence. The band also claim that Monster provided a link to a downloadable file of their music.
You gotta fight for your right... to not have your music used without permission.
On Tuesday, Horovitz testified against Monster at Manhattan Federal Court, the New York Daily News reports. The musician claimed that the Beastie Boys have not and will never in the future allow their music to be used in an ad campaign.
Continue reading: Beastie Boys Once Again Fight For Their Right... Copyright, That Is.
Beastie Boys - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
GoldieBlox have surrended against the Beast Boys to avoid more legal action as they remove the viral video which contained a parody of the hit song 'Girls'.
GoldieBlox has withdrawn the Beastie Boys song from their viral video to avoid a legal battle with the band. The Californian toy company, used their song 'Girls', with different lyrics, in a viral advertising video which showed three girls playing Rube Goldberg-inspired machine.
Beastie Boys didn't want any of their songs used for advertisement purposes
The lyrics were changed to demonstrate a message of empowerment but The Beastie Boys did not want any of their songs been used for advertising, GoldieBox filed a lawsuit claiming fair use but have now pulled the plug on the video.
Beastie Boys - Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys and Israel Horovitz New York City, USA - Israel Horovitz 70th birthday celebration and gala for the 70/70 Horovitz project held at the Barefoot Theatre company Tuesday 31st March 2009